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All aboard as 3-door buses go into service

THREE-DOOR buses went into service along the city’s No. 49 route yesterday.

Thirty of these vehicles will operate the route from Hankou Road to Shanghai Stadium, replacing two-door buses.

Passengers get on the bus through the door in the center and get off using the doors at either end.

Another 22 three-door buses will be introduced along the No. 818 route in the Pudong New Area in early November.

Most passengers on the  new buses yesterday seemed impressed, commenting on how new and fresh the 12-meter vehicles were.

Some said it reminded them of the 15-meter long buses that operated in Shanghai more than a decade ago.

They were nicknamed “accordion buses” as the two sections were linked by a concertina-like pivoting joint.

While accordion buses were phased out due to pollution concerns, the new three-door buses are equipped with environmentally friendly engines.

They also feature photosensitive counters on doors to record passenger numbers. And automatic broadcasts are assisted by a bus GPS system, which can also collect data.

The 34-seat new buses have a similar capacity to their predecessors, but add two to three slightly larger “parent-child” seats in the front of the vehicle.

And a cash machine and two card machines are placed at the center door.

The route will remove conductors from the buses after a time, said the operator, Shanghai Bashi Public Transportation Group.



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