A NEWLY built transit passage between Metro Line 3 and Line 8 at Shanghai's Hongkou Football Stadium Station saw a relatively smooth operation yesterday, the first workday after the passage was put into use on Sunday.
More than 7,700 commuters used the passage during yesterday's morning rush hours from 7am to 9am, the Metro operator revealed.
Metro officials said the passage provides shelter in the rain for passengers who used to go out of the stations on the two lines during transit. There was a sharp decrease in the volume of passengers leaving the stations as many turned to the transit passage.
The Metro operator said the direction of the three long escalators stretching for 17 meters from the first floor to the fourth can be changed depending on the passenger flow.
During the morning rush there will be two escalators going down and one going up while in the evening the directions would be reversed, officials said.
For safety, a Metro worker will be posted beside the long escalators in case of emergencies and to help passengers.
The transit passage links the stadium's overhead station on Line 3 with an underground station on Line 8. It takes about four minutes to walk between the stations using the transit passage. Before, commuters had to go out of one station and enter the other, with those without transportation cards having to buy tickets again.
Metro officials said that "changes like adding more barriers to separate passenger flows will be made" if the volume turns out to be big.
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