(Netease) Guangzhou City Government announced on November 6, 2010: Starting from November 8, Monday, the subway, bus and ferry which were made free in the beginning of the month for the Asian Games are going to resume to paid system. Instead, transportation subsidy will be given. The detailed measures are as follows:
1. Starting from the 8th, the Guangzhou City public transportation metro, bus (including ferry) and the subway Guangfo line resume to the paid system.
2. The ten districts in Guangzhou, two county-level cities residence and families lived in Guangzhou for more than six month will receive subsidy of 150 yuan per household, a group residence will receive subsidy of 50 yuan per person.
3. During the Asian Games and Asian Paralympics, staff members, volunteers and ticket holders can still ride the public transportation for free.
The primarily reason to resume the paid system was because during the first week of free public transportation, Guangzhou’s traffic load became too large, far exceeded the transport capacity. During the 5 days of free rides, dada show subway traffic rose 100%. The average daily passenger flow was 7.73 million. Worried about public’s travel safety, Guangzhou Municipal Government decided to cancel the free rides.
November 1, the crowded Gangding Guangzhou Metro station. On that day, Guangzhou started the free 30 day public transportation during the Guangzhou Asian Games.
“Dear passengers, due to exceeding number of passengers, we need to implement crowed control. Please listen to station staff members, ride the subway in order. If you are in a rush please change to use other means of transportation. Thank you for your patience and cooperation.”
“Dear passengers: due to exceeding number of passengers, we re now implementing peak hour passenger control, please listen to station staff members. Be patient, enter station in groups. Thank you for your cooperation.”
Both side of the subway track are crowed with people waiting for the train.
“Ticket machine is temporary out of service during free subway period”
November 1, a BRT staff held the sign to guide the passengers
November 1, Guangzhou BRT bus Gangding station, an eye-catching sign reminded people “Free ride today”