Shanghai Metro is planning on adjusting ticket prices according to peak and off-peak travel times in a move that it hopes will reduce overcrowding during rush-hour.
Rush-hour commuters will be charged more for their fare tickets and discounts will be offered to those traveling during off-peak times, Shanghai Daily reports, citing Shao Weizhong, the vice president of the city’s Metro operator.
Shao said that the scheme will be carried out once approved by the city government, although no specific timescale or ticket pricing was announced.
The Metro operator hopes the price changes will encourage companies and commuters to stagger their working hours, thereby easing commuter traffic during peak travel times, especially between 8:00 a.m. and 9:00 a.m.
Lawmaker Hu Min proposed that work times be staggered according to sector. In the 1990s, city-level government officials started work at 9:00 a.m., state-owned companies at 8:30 a.m. and store employees would get in at 10:00 a.m. The staggered hours were generally phased out during the mass construction of subways in the city.
Shanghai was recently named the as having the second-worst commute in China, right after Beijing, with an average commute of 51 minutes and18.8 kilometers.
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