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Beijing subway to extend operating hours for Christmas

(Xinhua)

19:13, December 23, 2011

BEIJING, Dec. 23 (Xinhua) -- Beijing's fourteen subway lines will extend operating hours by 30 minutes on Dec. 23 and 24, which will help ease the predicted gridlock, said traffic authorities Friday.

Beijing Municipal Commission of Transport said congestion on those days will double travel time.

The commission predicted the rush to start from 3 p.m.to around 8:30 p.m., with some downtown areas until 11:00 p.m..

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