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Metro to provide English signs for one-day passes

ENGLISH signs and purchase guidelines for the newly issued one-day Metro pass will be posted in stations before the opening of the Shanghai World Expo to help foreign visitors, local Metro authorities said yesterday.

Shanghai Shentong Metro Co Ltd, operator of the city's Metro system, said English signs will be added at 85 Metro stations along with the ticket center at Shanghai Railway Station, where the all-day ticket is available.

Nearly 10,000 one-day passes were sold on its debut on Saturday, meeting the expectations of Metro officials.

"Most of the buyers were travelers," said Lan Tian, a Shanghai Shentong official. "It was a pretty big number for the first day."

But there are no English signs in stations, and no ticket vending machines for the one-day pass.

As some locals complained about the high ticket price, officials explained that the 18 yuan (US$2.64) price was determined according to the frequency and distance that each pass holder is expected to use the Metro.

Pass holders, mostly travelers, are expected to use the Metro an average of four times a day with each trip estimated to cost 4 yuan. The remaining 2 yuan covers the cost to make the ticket.

"We've tried to determine the potential destinations of travelers and how far they will travel to calculate the final price of the one-day pass," Lan said yesterday. "The whole evaluation process was complicated."

But many residents questioned the 2 yuan cost of the ticket.

"The cost of the material for the ticket may be less than 2 yuan, but it shouldn't be calculated that way," Lan told Shanghai Daily. "The cost of each pass, including the design and the service, is much more than just 2 yuan."

The one-day pass holder gets unlimited travel on the city's Metro lines, except Line 13, for 24 hours once it is activated. The pass is activated when used for the first time.


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