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Special taxi line: 96822

VISITORS needing a ride to the World Expo site may call a special Expo taxi hotline, 96822, starting tomorrow.

You'll be able to get a green-technology Expo taxi - a cab that's permitted to enter a 7-square-kilometer controlled area of the Expo site 24 hours a day. Ordinary cabs will be barred from the areas between 7am and 9pm.

"Language will not be an obstacle for foreign visitors to call the cabs, because the hotline will provide both English and Chinese services," said an official with the hotline firm Shanghai Dazhong Co.

"Also, all the Expo cab drivers can speak daily English quite well, so the visitors don't have to worry about being misunderstood."

Visitors looking for further language help will be able to dial another hotline, 962288.

The 4,000 designated cabs - 3,650 Volkswagen Tourans and 350 Buick LaCrosse Hybrids - began hitting the roads at the beginning of the month. All are equipped with the latest GPS devices and should save about 15 percent of petrol and reduce about 15 percent of emissions, compared with ordinary taxis.


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