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Metro ticket machines in for upgrade

Shanghai Metro has been upgrading its ticket-vending machines so passengers can buy tickets with the new 1-yuan coins minted in 2019, Metro officials said yesterday.

Local media recently reported the machines rejected the new coins, which are smaller than the older ones.

China issued new 50-yuan, 20-yuan, 10-yuan and 1-yuan banknotes, and 1-yuan, 50- and 10-cent coins in 2019.

An official said Metro began upgrading its ticket-vending machines after the release of the new banknotes and coins. The machines recognize the new banknotes, which only required a software upgrade. However, recognizing the new 1-yuan coins requires hardware upgrades, complicated by the various ages and manufacturers of the machines.

Hardware adaptation tests have been under way for some time on the huge number of ticket dispensers in the vast Metro network.

Machines in every station along Line 4 now accept the new 1-yuan coins, which is expected to extend to every machine at all stations by the yearend.


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