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Metro stations offer transport information downloads via mobile phone

COMMUTERS can now check public transport information via their cell phones at four Shanghai subway stations starting today.

The service will be accessible at Xujiahui Station on Line 1, Zhongshan Park and Lujiazui stations on Line 2, and People's Square Station, where lines 1, 2 and 8 intersect, the Shanghai metro authority said today, according to a Xinmin Evening News report.

Passengers can check service times of nearby buses and metro lines, maps of metro stations and nearby roads, surrounding buildings, as well as traffic information when the mobile phone connects to the Internet.

To install the system, China Mobile users should first short message "A" to 10658028 and then enter the hyperlink in the reply to download the Barcode Reader software, which will only take a few seconds, the report said. Then take a picture of the barcode on the top right corner of the platform board at the metro station and the system will automatically log onto the Website containing surrounding traffic information. The report did not say what user fees would be involved.

Mobile phone users who can not download the software or connect to the Internet can type in the metro station name and short message to 106691900916 free of charge for specific traffic information.

The roaming mobile phone tour guide system now covers 13 cities with subway lines in China. Apart from traffic information, railway and flight timetables are also available. Users can also choose different languages.

When testing is completed, two-dimensional barcodes will be installed at all metro stations.

By 2010, this system will be integrated in all public transport systems in Shanghai.


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