Passenger Traffic Improves Since New Metro Lines Opened

Passenger traffic improves since new Metro lines openedThree checkpoints in Longgang and Bao’an districts have reported a decrease in passenger flow by at least ten percent in the span of three weeks since the new lines and extensions were opened.

Meilin Checkpoint, which is known for its traffic jams since a high number of passengers pass through its checkpoint saw a decrease in traffic of 15 percent after the Longhua line was opened linking Longhua to the CBD in Futian.

Shenzhen Municipal Transport Commission started monitoring the commuter changes in all five lines after the opening in June. Passenger flow at Buji checkpoint fell 7.2 percent and Nantou Checkpoint saw a passenger decrease of 8.7 percent. The metro is now transporting 1.8 million people on an average day, buses transport around 5.99 million people a day and short trips and taxi services carries 850,000 passengers in a day. Long distance passenger travel numbers also fell slightly.

Traffic conditions in office and business areas in Dongmen, Huaqiangbei, Futian CBD and the Shenzhen High Tech Industrial Park also saw improvements.

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