Two recent stories from the Shanghai subway system might be worth your notice:
- A score of news reports are heralding new measures to alleviate passenger load on Line 2 trains on the Pudong side, where Zhangjiang High-Tech Park station has become one of the metro system’s highest trafficked stations due to what the Xinmin Evening Post calls “白领客流”, the “white-collar passenger flow”. More trains are being added to both the morning and afternoon rush hours, and morning hours at Zhangjiang are being extended to match Zhongshan Park’s early hours with a first train at 5:55 in the morning. The changes are already reflected on the Shanghai Metro company’s website. Also, Zhangjiang Station has begun to use both platforms to send passengers off to Puxi and now has the option of restricting passenger access to the station during overly crowded periods.
- Just like last year’s Trojan ads, a new but more risqué Durex ad featuring a woman in hot pants and a construction worker that is being shown on subway and office building LCDs has offended passengers and white-collar workers, and is on its way to being banned within the next week for not passing inspection by the State Food and Drug Administration as an ad for a medical product. A popular editorial titled “Sex Ed is not going to fall from the sky” by SHEN Ruoyu opposes the possible ban and argues that the ostrich approach to sex is not appropriate in this day and age.
Cross-posted to the Shanghai Public Transportation weblog.