According to the Shanghai transportation management office, announcements in the Shanghai dialect will be expanded to all buses in the municipality from October.
Commuters will hear announcements in Mandarin, Shanghai dialect, and English on buses traveling in central urban areas but only Mandarin or a choice of Shanghai dialect or English on buses serving the outskirts.
Passengers gave a positive feedback, happy with the efforts made to preserve the local dialect and culture. However some found the announcements to be wearisome especially for short distances.
There are no plans for subway trains to follow suit.
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