A T-union card is pictured in Qingdao, Shandong province, Dec 25, 2015. (IC)
About 260 cities at or above the prefecture level throughout China will be covered by T-union, a nationwide public transport card this year, according to the Ministry of Transport on Tuesday.
The card can be used on all types of public transportation, such as buses, subways, taxis, ferries and also shared bikes
The transport system was launched at the end of 2015 by several departments including the Ministry of Transport, as part of a program to improve the links between urban and rural areas in the country, as well as to provide more preferential policies for residents.
According to the ministry, so far, the system is already in use in 245 cities including Beijing, and another 15 cities will be integrated by the end of the year.
Only transport cards with China T-union's sign can be used in different cities. Passengers with local transport cards can change to China T-union cards by local policy.
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The card can be used in those cities on all types of public transportation, such as buses, subways, taxis, ferries and also shared bikes.
The new card is expected to cover the whole country by 2020.
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As the city of Beijing is upgrading and debugging its China T-union card system, its bus system temporarily only supports transport cards of 50 cities, while its urban rail transit system only supports 188 cities' transport cards, according to the report.
To increase convenience and improve the quality of service, the Ministry of Transport last year introduced a regulation on service-quality management on the China T-union card system.
This aimed to solve the problems of using China T-union cards in different cities, insufficient branches for card recharges and returns, and poor service.
Achieving the integration of the transport card in 260 cities is one of the 12 practical works close to people's lives that the Ministry of Transport plans to carry out this year.
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