A worker on the tracks of Line 4
This morning, three of Shanghai’s eleven metro lines suffered delays. Line 10 had to hit the emergency brakes at Sichuan North Station, Line 4 saw a worker almost get hit by a train, and Line 2 saw a crowd control nightmare at Century Avenue Station.
First up, 7:54am, at Baoshan Road Station on Line 4, an incoming train had to slam on the emergency brakes to avoid crushing a worker who had decided that was the best time to go down onto the tracks. What the dude was doing, no one knows, but to “ensure safety” the line was delayed 10 minutes.
Next up, 8:10am, a few blocks away at Sichuan North Road Station on Line 10, a train coming into the station suddenly activated its emergency brakes. Again, who knows why the brakes were activated, but to “ensure safety” the line was delayed 9 minutes.
30 minutes later, 8:41am, near Century Avenue on Line 2 a train experience technical problems and had to drop off its passengers at the next stop, which meant closing Century Avenue. Unfortunately for those actually at Century Avenue, they had no idea this was happening and that the station would be closed. This led to throngs of people walking into a station, milling about for a while, then eventually wising up and making their way out of the discombobulated mess. The whole thing could’ve been easily avoided if there were proper notices and Metro staff posted at the entrances to the station, but that would, gasp, require people to do their jobs!
We’ve said before that “Shanghai’s Metro system feels like a diseased artery — absolutely vital to the life of the city, yet at the same time a disaster waiting to happen” — and none of today’s events make us feel any better.
The only thing more confusing than Century Ave this morning is why anyone would ever arrange pictures like this.