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Metro cracks down on ticketless travel

THE Shanghai Metro authority is cracking down on ticket evaders on its 12 Metro lines ahead of the Spring Festival rush.

A team of over 40 officers, along with Metro police, will monitor the Metro lines, the operators said.

Evaders usually jumped over or went under the ticket turnstiles, while others were found using senior citizen cards and other fake certificates that allow for free rides, the operator said.

"Over 100,000 people have been caught trying to travel ticketless last year and a total of 500,000 yuan (US$80,350) have been recovered from them," said Tian Yifeng, deputy manager of the Shanghai No. 2 Metro Operation Co.

But despite the crackdown, Tian said the number of ticketless travelers was on the rise.

Just yesterday, a total of 172 ticket evaders were caught at four busy stations, including Zhongshan Park and Xinzhuang stations, and a total of 4,354 yuan recovered from them. The maximum penalty is 50 yuan.

The most common excuse is, "I lost my ticket" and "I don't have coins to buy a ticket."

Tian said it was difficult to crack down on all the evaders because of a lack of officers.

"The inspection team of 40 members is still not enough as the passenger traffic is on the rise," Tian said.

The subway handles an average about 6 million passengers daily, sometimes surpassing 7 million a day.

Tian said there are plans to add more Metro and security staff.

A local resident, surnamed Chen, posted a video clip on the Internet last week showing 19 passengers leaping over or ducking under exit turnstiles in less than two minutes.

Tian said ticketless travel was "serious" at high-traffic stations like People's Square, Xujiahui and Shanghai Railway Station with an estimated 2 to 3 percent passengers getting by without buying tickets.


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