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January 28, 2013

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More rail, bus service added for holiday

MORE trains and buses are being scheduled and more ticket windows are opening as passenger volumes bulge for the Spring Festival travel rush, which started last Saturday and peaks next weekend.

Police also have busted some illegal ticket scalpers.

Shanghai Railway Bureau, the Yangtze River Delta regional railway operator, said more than 100 extra train trips will be added at peak times to popular destinations such as central China's Sichuan and Henan provinces.

Shanghai's two major long bus distance stations, which have sold more than 260,000 tickets, have added some 3,000 trips for peak times.

The time around the February 10 holiday is the most important time of the year for Chinese to return to their hometowns. The travel rush lasts 40 days.

Although bus and rail operators are selling tickets online for this year's rush, many travelers still line up at ticket booths. Five more booths have been added to 28 open at the Shanghai Long-Distance Bus Station.

Shanghai railway police said they have busted a rail ticket scalping gang, detaining two suspects that booked tickets via cell phone, and 234 tickets for which they were adding a fee of about 100 yuan (US$16.07) per ticket. Since passengers have to use their real name, they also had about 99 identity cards. Tickets sold without the traveler's real name are not valid.


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