Wendy Zhang/ Shanghai Daily news
Passengers traveling through the Yangtze River Delta region only need to
carry one public transport card in the coming three or five years, according to
a seminar in Shanghai.
The adoption of a distinct public transport card in
the region is significant to the integration of regional economic,
transportation and tourism development, according to the Shanghai Urban
First of all, this transport card should have a uniform
technical criteria and standard. It should first be adopted in big cities like
Shanghai, Nanjing and Hangzhou, and then be extended to the entire Yangtze River
Delta region over the next three to five years. By that time, passengers can use
the "one-transport card" on buses, metros and taxis in the region, said an
expert at the seminar.
The idea was initially deliberated in 2002, and in
October of that year, bus companies in Shanghai and Wuxi offered such cards. In
2003, Shanghai's public transport cards could be used in some of the taxis in
Hangzhou, and in October, Shanghai and Wuxi's cards were adopted in all the
buses and some taxis in Suzhou.