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Shanghai may allow more seniors to take public transport for free

SHANGHAI'S civil affairs authorities are considering allowing more seniors to ride the city's buses and subways free of charge, officials said today.

Gao Julan, deputy director of the Shanghai Civil Affairs Bureau, said they are in talks with other authorities about expanding the free ride system to more seniors.

At present, only seniors 70 years of age or older who have a permanent residence permit, known as a hukou, can take buses and subways for free, except during rush hours.

Gao said they want to allow seniors with a temporary residence permit to have the same privileges as hukou holders.

By the end of last year, the city had 3.67 million people aged 60 or above, representing about 25 percent of the overall population. It was an increase of about 190,000 people compared with 2011.


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