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Airport bus from Jing'an closes today

AFTER more than a decade in service, the airport shuttle between the downtown Jing'an Temple terminus and Hongqiao International Airport will shut down today, the urban transport watchdog said yesterday.

The shuttle has seen increasingly sluggish passenger demand amid improving Metro services to the airport, said local traffic authorities. The shuttle operates between the terminus on Nanjing Road W. in the Jing'an Temple area and Terminal 1 of the Hongqiao airport.

The bus line used to be crowded but in recent years Metro lines 2 and 10 were extended to the airport, and the shuttle's use plummeted. Its traffic further shrank after the airport shifted most flights to Terminal 2 in 2010, causing the demand to ride shuttles to wither.

Officials noted that other shuttles servicing T2 already run from other districts, so they did not consider just shifting the Jing'an service there.

A previous Shanghai Daily investigation showed dispatchers at the Jing'an Temple terminus were kept idle often because of a slack timetable, and sometimes a shuttle bus would leave for the airport with just a single passenger.


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