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Lujiazui shuttle launched to help with lack of taxis

SHANGHAI'S Lujiazui area has launched a free shuttle bus to ease the difficulty of getting a cab in the financial district.

The bus runs between the Super Brand Mall and the Shanghai East Hospital from 7:30pm to 10:30pm every day.

The traffic authorities will monitor the new bus route for one month to decide whether to keep it.

If they do, the bus fare will be only 1 yuan (16 US cents).

However, the bus line launched over the weekend received a cold response from many, especially those who live in the Puxi area and are unwilling to take a detour via bus so they can call a taxi.

White-collar workers also complained the shuttles stop operating too early for them.

"I usually miss the deadline of the buses when I work overtime," said Shu Wen, a bank clerk working in the area.

Wang Weibo, an official with the Pudong New Area Construction and Transportation Commission, said "lack of residential communities in the financial zone causes the shortage of taxis running into the area after office hours."

After 8pm, Lujiazui sees few people coming in while lots of people start to leave.

It gets worse after 10pm when the Super Brand Mall closes.

"Most cab drivers are not willing to come to the area if they have no passengers ordering them to do so," Wang said.

Authorities are inviting the public to share ideas.

Participants with innovative ideas will be awarded 100 yuan to 5,000 yuan.

Locals are invited to submit their proposals to by July 25.


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