Single transport card usable in different cities
A new transit card that allows passengers to use public transport in 190 cities throughout the country was issued on Monday in Shijiazhuang, capital of northern China's Hebei province.
The card, named the Beijing Tianjin Hebei Interoperability Card, can be used for all bus and subway systems throughout Beijing, Tianjin and all 11 cities in Hebei.
In addition, the card also is usable in cities that have joined a nationwide traffic pass union, which had 190 members in 2017, said Li Yang, deputy manager of the State-owned Shijiazhuang Smart Card Science & Technology Co, which issued the card.
Passengers with the card can enjoy the same discount policies with local citizens for taking public transport in a participating city, Li said.
According to Li, the card will be sold only in Shijiazhuang, but it can be recharged in other cities where it can be used or online in the future.
"Most cities in the union have issued a card of this kind," Li said, adding that the cards issued by different cities will differ from each other in appearance, each highlighting local culture.