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New Metro trains to beef up service

2009. 24 October

( It's full steam ahead as 89 new Metro trains are due to arrive in the city ahead of the May start of the 2010 Shanghai World Expo, officials said yesterday.

Metro Line 6 and Line 8, which report the most frequent delays and breakdown, have 22 and 32 trains now.

By the Expo time Line 6 will have an extra 10 and Line 8 will boast an added 14.

All new trains will have to go through strict tests before going into operation.

Shanghai's subway system now has eight lines with 311 trains running.

During next year's Expo, the subway system will have 11 lines and handle up to 40 percent of public transport volume, with up to 6 million passengers expected daily.