We didn’t mean for our post about transportation card fees to be controversial — we were just reporting on a national news story — but the topic struck a chord … and did all the attention cause the Shanghai transportation card fees to be lowered? Marc van der Chijs reports:
But it seems the blogs had some effect. This Sunday I wanted to take the metro and realized I forgot my card, so I bought a new one. And to my big surprise they suddenly reduced the price of the cards, I only had to pay RMB 20 for a new card! And a much nicer one than the old one, a red card commemorating the Long March 70 years ago.
Interestingly, 20 kuai was the price of a Beijing transportation card that caused a student to file a lawsuit and get this whole story started.
Image of an “old school” transportation card from Wang Jian Shuo.