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Metro lines to stretch over 500km

Shanghai’s Metro lines will stretch over 500 kilometers when Line 12, 16 and Line 11’s north section between Anting to Huaqiao Station in neighboring Jiangsu Province start operation at the end of the year.

Line 12 connects Line 10’s Tiantong Road Station to Jinhai Road Station in the Pudong New Area. It then links up with Line 4 at Dalian Road Station and Line 6 at Jufeng Road Station.

Line 16 starts from Luoshan Road Station in Pudong New Area — the southeast end of Line 11 — and runs all the way to Dishui Lake in Nanhui Area.

With the second phase of Metro Line 11 pressed into service last month, Shanghai already boasts the world’s longest Metro network at 462 kilometers. It should cover 600km by the end of 2015.

Meanwhile, the shorter announcements on the subway trains have been generally welcomed by commuters, with Metro operators saying yesterday there were no plans to add Shanghai dialect.

“We have been soliciting public opinion over whether it’s necessary to add a local dialect into the broadcasts,” said Wu Xinyi, general manager of Metro operator Shanghai Shentong Metro Group. “But there doesn’t seem to be any demand for it.”

Some citizens consider it unnecessary as they say that Mandarin and English broadcasts essentially serve the purpose. As it is, they point out,  the Metro operators decided to cut down on the long-drawn announcements, adding a local dialect defeats the purpose.

But there are few who would like to hear the dialect used at certain stations.

“I think it adds a flavor to the broadcasts especially at stations with tourist sights  like the Dashijie and Laoximen stations on Line 8,” a commuter, surnamed Huang, said.

Dashijie and Laoximen stations in Huangpu District have many entertainment spots of old Shanghai.

The new broadcasts announce the name of the coming station, the side of the platform and transfer information in Mandarin and English — all within 20 seconds.

Wu expects Metro to be the people’s choice of transportation in the near future. The public bus is the favored choice among citizens right now.

Shanghai aims to have 800km Metro network by 2020.



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