SHANGHAI will add another 175 kilometers of subway track in the next three years.

By 2015, the city's subway network will reach 600 kilometers, a traffic official said yesterday.

Sun Jianping, director of the Shanghai Transport and Port Administration, said the city will "continue to increase subway coverage downtown and improve public transport capacity."

More than 34 percent of commuters chose the Metro last year and this is expected to increase up to 50 percent by 2015.

Meanwhile, interval times between trains have shortened to 6 minutes or less for all downtown lines during rush hours, city traffic officials said. Key routes like Line 2 have interval times of about three minutes during rush hours.

Meanwhile, buses will set out less than every 8 minutes and 80 percent of bus-subway transfers can be completed within 50 meters, according to the city's latest public transport blueprint.

The Metro operator said yesterday that eight trains will be added to lines 6 and 8 from tomorrow to handle the expected surge during the coming National Day holiday.

Line 8's China Art Museum Station will open for service tomorrow after it was closed for years for renovation.

Metro officials said 10 new subway trains will arrive by the end of this year and they will be used on Line 12, which is still under construction.

The city's Metro operator expects up to 7.35 million passengers a day during the National Day holiday and Mid-Autumn Festival. Usually, the subway network carries about 6 million passengers per day.

The operator said it plans to close some key stations like Nanjing Road E. Station during peak periods, in line with road traffic restrictions posed by the traffic administration. Stations such as People's Square and Lujiazui may limit people from entering once huge crowds turn out, according to Metro officials.

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