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ID cards needed to board trains today

Few passengers are careless today, the day China's real-name ticket police for bullet train riders went into force. In random checks, Shanghai railway officials found most passengers carried their ID cards to board bullet trains.

Local railway authorities said only 5 percent of today's bullet train passengers will be checked to match their ID number with that printed on the ticket.

Once on board, train conductors and police officers will check every passenger's personal information.

Still, many travelers forgot to bring their IDs to buy bullet train tickets and long queues formed in front of booths police set up to issue temporary certificates.

Some people complained it took a little longer to buy a bullet train ticket now.

The real-name ticket system, aiming to thwart ticket scalpers and to improve security, went into effect today across the country. All bullet trains with the initial letter of G, D and C require identification documents to buy tickets.


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