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Metro Makes It 'Harder' For People Who Cheat On Fares

SUBWAY passengers who skip paying fares by ducking under or jumping over turnstiles are in for a surprise.

Shanghai Shentong Metro Group said yesterday it has introduced a new way to stop the some 60,000 people from skipping out on paying fares each day.

The Metro operator said transport cards will not work if a card has no station exit record three times in one month. Fare jumpers often use their transport card to enter a station, but not when exiting.

Chen Chunjiao, a manager with Shanghai Shentong, said the new measure is mainly to "make it harder for people who frequently don't pay."

Before, when a card didn't work, passengers could go to a service center in any station and get it reactivated.

Under the new policy, people with three no-exit records will have to go to the transport card producer to reactivate a card for free. This will take about 7 days. Station service centers will reactivate cards after the first two no-exit records.


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