Metro news from the local press:
- The case of the young man who was squeezed to death between the metro train and the glass security doors on the Shanghai Stadium Line 4 platform will begin pretrial procedures tomorrow.
- The People’s Daily has published an overview of new developments in the Shanghai newspaper industry, including a paragraph highlighting the success of the free commuter paper I-Metro Express (I时代报), the only newspaper to be distributed for free on metro station platforms themselves, as well as its upstart competitor Xianzai Jinbao. Shanghaiist has yet to see a Jinbao, which the article claims is distributed for free at metro station exits. Anybody else spot it?
- Metro stored value card use is up since the institution of the new discount program for bus-metro transfers. Passengers who change from bus to metro within 90 minutes receive a discount of RMB 1 on their second fare. The same discount is causing arguments between bus ticket sellers and passengers who want to wait until they get off the bus to swipe their cards.
- Recently an editorial appeared in the papers asking why the lights have to go out so quickly on metro trains that reach their terminal stations. Even such a pithy complaint has seen a quick response from the metro company, which explains that practice of honking the train’s horn was changed to turning off the lights because it is more “civilized.”
- The Shanghai Shentong Metro Group has invited the Shanghai Academy of Environmental Sciences to test the air quality in some stations on Line 1 and 2, particularly at the People’s Square station. People’s Square will see a marked increase in passenger flow at year’s end when Line 8 opens.