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Lujiazui workers slam door on coach

A SHUTTLE bus in Lujiazui is proving unpopular as office workers said they either don't like to wait or prefer to walk.

One week after the launch of Lujiazui Finance City Bus No. 1, few people take it outside of rush hours and lunch time.

A Shanghai Daily journalist took the bus from the Lujiazui Metro Station stop about 6:50pm on Tuesday and found only two tourists onboard.

Sherry Winters, a United States teacher, said: "The (Dongchang Road Dock) ferry staff told me the Lujiazui sightseeing bus costs 20 yuan (US$3) while the red bus only costs 1 yuan."

"So I took this one (Lujiazui Finance City Bus No 1)," she added.

Wen Guoxiang, the bus driver, said, "It's common to only have a few passengers and sometimes there is no one on the bus but me."

Before this shuttle bus, a similar route was poorly received among locals due to long intervals between buses and lack of awareness. The route was shut down when Lujiazui Finance City Bus No. 1 was launched.

Based on those lessons, the new bus operator distributed nearly 10,000 copies of the bus route before launching and built eye-catching bus stations with free Wi-Fi to attract office workers. Bus intervals were also shortened - three minutes during peak hours and seven minutes on average.

However, office workers said they are not impressed.

"I prefer to walk rather than wait," said a worker surnamed Meng. "If I miss the bus, I have to wait a few minutes."

She also said she didn't want to risk being late for work as the bus could get stuck in a traffic jam during peak hours.

Other office workers said the route is too short. Buses stop at 30 buildings, but not Jin Mao Tower, Shanghai World Financial Center and many other office towers.

Other office workers said they simply like walking to get a little exercise after sitting most of the day at work.

Meanwhile, the bus operator said they don't expect the route to make a profit as it is mainly a public service to improve the image of Lujiazui.

The operator added that some companies in Lujiazui plan to cancel their own shuttle bus services, which will probably improve business.


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