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Free bus rides in rush hours to end for seniors

By Deng Kajia  (Shanghai Daily)

09:29, July 11, 2013

There has an increase of 50 percent in public bus passengers in Shanghai's Songjiang District in the past three years, causing a cancellation of rush-hour free ride policy for seniors in suburban Songjiang District.

District traffic authorities announced a cancellation of free bus rides for senior residents during peak hours starting on September 1 due to safety concerns amid growing traffic.

Currently, residents above the age of 70 holding a special card may enjoy free bus rides in the district at any time. The policy has been looser than the city's rules, which allow such free rides only during off-peak hours -- excluding 7-9am and 5-7pm.

A district official said boarding a crowded bus can be risky for the elderly, and the overloading of buses can contribute to accidents.

A lot of seniors in Songjiang were making use of the free-ride policy to take buses in rush hours, creating huge extra pressure.

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