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Ticketless travelers nabbed

More than 100 passengers were caught at the Shanghai Railway Station for traveling without tickets or with invalid tickets yesterday morning.

The railway authorities warned passengers that anyone caught traveling without valid ticket would not only have to pay the full fare but 50 percent  of the fare as well as fine.

Shanghai residents also stand to lose points in their personal credit records.

At the Shanghai Railway Station, 49 ticketless travelers were caught within two hours at the southeast entrance of the station yesterday, earning the authorities a total of 3,000 yuan (US$490.2).

A passenger, who arrived from Wuxi City without a ticket, had to buy a ticket in Shanghai and also pay 50 percent fine. Another passenger who was traveling from Changzhou City, Jiangsu Province, only had ticket up to Suzhou City.

He was forced to pay the balance and fined 20 yuan extra.

Authorities said during one crackdown, the Shanghai Railway Station netted 300 ticketless travelers in one day.

Most of the passengers were traveling on short distance high-speed routes like Shanghai-Ningbo and Shanghai-Hangzhou. Passengers broke regulations by breaking in through the entrance or two people going through the turnstile at the same time.

With the rising popularity of online ticket sales, some passengers were seen producing fake SMS messages to get through. Passengers buying tickets online receive a short message of confirmation but ticket evaders managed to get by showing the messages without the valid identity card at the gates.



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