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Trial run to answer congestion questions

THE city's public transport authorities hope a trial run will help answer questions over whether new bus services between subway stations can help solve congestion on Metro Lines 6 and 8.

Buses will take passengers between Metro stations during rush hours in a trial service from next Monday until March 10.

Zhou Huai, deputy director with the Urban Transport Management Bureau, said yesterday many people chose to take the subway because they didn't want to be stuck in traffic jams.

As a result, it was hard to predict at this stage how many commuters would take the buses during rush hours.

Zhou also said a bus could only carry up to 100 passengers while a subway carriage could cope with up to 300, which meant that 12 buses would be needed to take all the passengers carried by a four-carriage train.

"The trial run will check if the new method can solve the problem of congestion in the two subway lines," said Zhou, noting that "the buses indeed offer one more choice for commuters who fail to get on the crowded subway train during the rush hours."

Guo Haiping, another official from the bureau, said if the result was positive, his bureau would consider keeping the bus routes in permanent service.

"Besides the bus routes, we are also trying hard to work out more means to help solve the congestion on the two Metro lines," said Guo.

He only said other new solutions will be introduced later, but did not specify when.

The buses will follow the same route as Lines 6 and 8, stopping at the same stations.

The buses will operate from 7am to 9am and 5pm to 7pm, with a 3-10 minute interval based on passenger flow.

One route will go from Boxing Road Station to Century Avenue Station, while another will be from Quyang Road Station to People's Square.


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