Wendy Zhang/ Shanghai Daily news
Bus passengers paying by means of public transport cards are expected to
enjoy discounts by the latter half of this year, as part of government measures
to encourage residents to take more buses and thus ease traffic congestion,
according to the Shanghai Municipal Transportation Bureau.
The details will
be revealed later this year.
A total of 44 companies operate more than 900
bus routes in Shanghai, with most routes in urban areas being run by Shanghai
Bashi Group and Dazhong Transport Group and their affiliates.
of revenues among the different operators presents a problem, and a uniform and
comprehensive public transport ticket-settlement system is expected to be
established before the preferential policies are put in place, said an industry
By the end of the year, all local buses will be equipped with
card-recognition equipment for public transport card holders.
passengers with public transport cards already enjoy discounts. Since November
last year, a metro passenger paying 70 yuan (US$8.6) using the same public
transport card within a given month qualifies for a 10 percent discount on each
additional journey that month.