Seoul citizens, please share the news through your social networking sites (Kakao Story, Facebook, and Twitter).
There is an old saying in India that goes, “Friends are those who always help in your time of need.” Will you be such a friend to Seoul City?
I would like to ask you to share the following article on your social networking sites, such as Kakao Story, Facebook, and Twitter.
This act of sharing will help make Seoul a safer city.
After your acts of sharing through social media (such as “Retweeting” on Twitter, “Liking” on Facebook, and “Emotion” on Kakao Story), Seoul City’s debt to you will be repaid by making Seoul a safer city to live.
I promise to be a mayor who is closely connected with all of you—the citizens of this city.
The new extension of Subway Line No. 9 entered operation yesterday, and the relevant officials spent the whole day checking its operational status and held an in-depth discussion with the authorities concerned to mitigate the issue of over-crowding. After the meeting, I took both the regular and express trains from Gaehwa Station to Jamsil Sports Complex Station.
However, there is still much room for improvement, and additional measures are needed to increase the number of subway cars, but I and the Seoul Metropolitan Government strongly believe that the inconvenience of over-crowding can be reduced if we bring our wisdom together. I promise to stand with you throughout our efforts to normalize the operations of Line 9.
An on-site mayor’s office will be set up at the operations control center at Gaehwa Station on Subway Line No. 9. Here, I will hold meetings, inspect the operational status of Line 9, and sleep on a makeshift bed. From early morning every day, I will verify whether the measures to address rush-hour over-crowding are being carried out properly and in a timely manner.
I will keep the citizens’ mornings—the start of their days—as safe as I can.
Now, I would like to ask you all for one more favor.
There is so much to explain, but now is not the time to place blame for this state of affairs. Regardless, as mayor, I am the one who should be held accountable. Thus, in order to stabilize the operations of the second section of Line 9, the Seoul Metropolitan Government and I firmly decided to make all possible efforts to reduce over-crowding. As such, we have declared a “period of emergency.”
During this period, the number of safety guards has been increased five-fold to 460 people, from the previous 91, across 30 stations. Among the stations, the most crowded—Gimpo Airport Station, Gayang Station, Yeomchang Station, and Dangsan Station—will have a total of 200 safety guards (50 in each station) and will be carefully monitored and managed by the relevant offices.
The city safety guards in each station will guide passengers to use other forms of public transportation depending on the severity of over-crowding and manage the flow of commuters at the ticket gates and subway exits in order to secure the safety of subway users.
We ask for your understanding during our efforts to increase the safety of citizens during the rush hours on Subway Line No. 9. The guidance provided by the safety guards in each station is for the safety of all subway users, so please follow their instructions.
In addition, please join us in the implementation of the measures to disperse the crowds.
Furthermore, nearly 100 buses will be provided free of charge as alternative means of transportation to alleviate over-crowding.
– Commuter express bus (Bus No. 8663): The number of buses will be increased from 15 to 19, and the interval between buses will be reduced to 2 to 3 minutes from 3 to 4 minutes. The buses will operate at five stations: Gayang Station, Yeomchang Station, Dangsan Station, National Assembly Station, and Yeouido Station.
– Commuter direct bus: About 30 new buses will go into operation. The buses will directly connect Gimpo Airport Station (Exit #4), Gayang Station (Exit #10), and Yeomchang Station (Exit #4) with National Assembly Station or Yeouido Station. Also, some 28 city and district buses will be allocated in case of emergency.
– Chartered commuter bus: If more than 20 passengers apply, a charter bus will be operated free of charge from Gimpo Airport Station, Gayang Station, and Yeomchang Station. The charter bus application will be made available through social networking sites from April 3.
We understand that we should have taken steps to avoid this situation in the first place; therefore, all Seoul City officials will dedicate themselves to ensuring the safety of all Seoul citizens under any circumstances during this time. And I will strive to be a mayor who shares in the joy, anger, sorrow, and pleasure of you, the citizens, at all times.
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