More good news for Shanghai commuters! The city’s first water bus entered service last Thursday. The water bus will travel along the Huangpu river, providing direct access to places including waterfront Bund area, the North Bund and the city’s financial district of Lujiazui.
A one way ticket costs only 4 yuan. Initially it will only run during the rush hour from 7:30 to 9:00 a.m. and from 4:30 to 6:00 p.m.
You’d think the cheap tickets and the breathtaking skyline views would be enough to lure in countless commuters, however local media reports that only 10 tickets were sold along a route from the city’s downtown Dongchang road.
The poor performance may be due to the lack of publicity the service has received so far, although one unnamed passenger told the Shanghai-based Liberation Daily that “the time interval between each ride is 30 minutes, which is too long for those rushing for work.”
News of the water bus comes hot on the heels of the recent extensions to the Shanghai Metro which have added an additional 27 stations to the network.
By Mary DeMay
[Images via CCTV]