Shore up Weak Spots:
Expansion and Renovation Project for Caohejing Hi-tech Park Station on Metro Line 9
Caohejing Hi-tech Park Station Temporarily Closed from January 30 to February 21, 2016
Other Transport Services available for Passengers, e.g. Shuttle Bus
(Correspondent: Xu Huili) (Illustration: Ji Zhoujie)
The passenger evacuation capacity of Caohejing Hi-tech Park Station is about to reach extremity of its design capacity at peak hours. To ensure the safety of passengers, it is necessary to start a renovation project for this station. To avoid bringing negative impacts on passengers as much as possible, Shanghai Metro decided to carry out the renovation project of Caohejing Hi-tech Park Station around the Spring Festival, which is a period with the lowest passenger flow in the whole year. The renovation project will begin on January 30 and end on February 21, 2016, and will last for 23 days. During the construction period, Caohejing Hi-tech Park Station will temporarily close and metro transport service will suspend. Other transport services will be available for passengers, e.g. shuttle bus service.
Large passenger flow results in hidden threats to safety at peak hours. Evacuation capacity of the station will significantly enhance after renovation.
Caohejing Hi-tech Park, as a state-level high technology park, is developing rapidly in recent years, and several enterprises chose to settle in this hi-tech park. Caohejing Hi-tech Park is a station on Metro Line 9 that is close to Caohejing Hi-tech Park. The passenger flow is extremely high in this station at peak hours. Particularly when two trains traveling on opposite directions arrive at the platform at the same time, passengers from both trains would get off the train and make the station very crowded. The station’s passenger evacuation capacity has reached its extremity for handling passenger flow on the platform and in the station hall, and results in hidden threats to the safety of passengers.
The safety improvement project for Caohejing Hi-tech Park Station is a special renovation project of Shanghai Metro to “shore up weak spots”. After completing a safety assessment and confirming the feasibility of design program, Shanghai Metro decided to start an overall expansion and renovation project on the staircases in the station. New staircases will be added in the East and West station halls. Direction of some staircases will be altered, and some staircases will be expanded further, so as to enhance the station’s capacity of receiving passengers traveling from the platform to the station halls. According to estimation, after renovation, the overall capacity of Caohejing Hi-tech Park Station for receiving passengers will be 50% higher than before.
Carry out the renovation project around the Spring Festival to avoid bringing negative impacts on passengers as much as possible.
The main works of this renovation project include: add more staircases in the station, alter the direction of existing staircases, move the location of accessible lift, etc. Several working procedures need to be completed. The coverage of works is wide, and the contents of renovation are complicated. Holes will be drilled in several places in the middle plate and platform plate. A large amount of cables and pipelines need to be removed to new locations. If the renovation project is carried out without suspending the operation of the station, both the operator and the constructor will face huge risks on safety. The project could only be carried out at night, and consequently, the construction period will be too long (at least for 6 months).
To ensure safety, after making careful researches, Shanghai Metro decided to carry out the renovation project around the Spring Festival, which is a period with the lowest passenger flow in the whole year. While guaranteeing the quality of construction, Shanghai Metro tries to avoid bringing negative impacts on passengers as much as possible. The renovation project will be carried out from January 30 to February 21, 2016. During the construction period, Caohejing Hi-tech Park Station will temporarily close and metro transport service will suspend. The first train service after renovation will be available since February 22, 2016.
The operation route of Metro Line 9 will not change, but trains will not stop at Caohejing Hi-tech Park.
During the construction period, the operation route of Metro Line 9 will not change, but trains will not stop at Caohejing Hi-tech Park Station.
To make passengers get information about the renovation project, apart from giving notice on media, Shanghai Metro will also put up notices in all metro stations in the city, and give notice through broadcast in all stations and trains on Metro Line 9 and metro lines that could transfer to Metro Line 9. More staffs will be allocated to stations on Metro Line 9, e.g. Caohejing Hi-tech Park and Hechuan Road, to guide passengers of transferring shuttle buses. More POS machine and emergency tickets will be prepared to ensure passengers to go in and go out of the stations more rapidly. When passenger flow is high at peak hours, an emergency program will be initiated to limit passenger flow inside and outside the station.
Shanghai Metro has printed 50,000 pamphlets of “Guidance for Passengers during the Renovation Project of Caohejing Hi-tech Park Station”, and will distribute this pamphlet to citizens and passengers in all the stations of Line 9 and Line 12, Caohejing Hi-tech Park and Hongmei Sub-district. Passengers could also dial Shanghai Metro’s service hotline “021-64370000” or get information on the renovation project through the website, Weibo and WeChat of Shanghai Metro.
Temporary shuttle bus service for passengers
Tip 1: Temporary shuttle bus for passengers traveling to Caohejing Hi-tech Park and nearby areas
During the construction period, temporary shuttle bus service will be available for passengers. The shuttle bus departs from Hechuan Road, and the terminal is Caohejing Hi-tech Park. The bus passes by Hechuan Road, Yishan Road, Hongmei Road Traffic Hub, Hongmei Road, Tianlin Road and Hechuan Road. The shuttle bus service is available from 07:00 to 19:00 at Hechuan Road Station, and 07:20 to 19:20 at Caohejing Hi-tech Park Station. The interval between two buses will be 2 to 3 minutes at rush hours in the morning and evening, and 10 to 15 minutes in other times and on holidays. (The actual interval depends on traffic conditions on the road.)
Tip 2: Shuttle bus service of Caohejing Hi-tech Park: For passengers who work in Caohejing Hi-tech Park
Shuttle bus service from Caohejing Hi-tech Park to Caohejing Hi-tech Park Station, Metro Line 9, is available for people who work in Caohejing Hi-tech Park. The Administration Committee of Caohejing Hi-tech Park has temporarily adjusted the route of the shuttle bus. At rush hours on working days, two shuttle bus routes will be available for passengers: Hongcao Route (Route A, traveling to Hongcao Road Station of Metro Line 12) and Hechuan Route (Route B, traveling to Hechuan Road of Metro Line 9). Passengers could get on the bus with a “Caohejing Transportation Card”.
Tip 3: Existing Metro or Bus Routes: For Passengers who like to travel by “metro + Bus + walk on foot”
During the construction period, passengers could get off at Guilin Road Station of Metro Line 9, and go to Caohejing Hi-tech Park Station and nearby areas by buses, e.g. Bus No.809, 927, 131, 731, 89, 205 or 257.
For passengers who like to take metro and walk on foot, they could get off at stations nearby Caohejing Hi-tech Park, e.g. Hechuan Road Station, Guilin Road Station on Metro Line 9, or Hongcao Road Station, Hongmei Road Station on Metro Line 12, and go to Caohejing Hi-tech Park on foot.
1. From January 30 to February 21, 2016, trains will not stop at Caohejing Hi-tech Park on Metro Line 9. Other stations on Line 9 will operate as usual.
2. We do not recommend passengers traveling with a single ticket to transfer to other metro lines at stations where passengers need to transfer to other lines after going out of the station (virtual transfer), e.g. Longhua Road or West Nanjing Road Station. In stations with virtual transfer, passengers need to purchase a second ticket for reentering the station.
Shanghai Metro Operation and Management Center
The First Operation Company Limited of Shanghai Metro
January 28, 2016