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Bus ferries Metro commuters to Lujiazui towers

WHITE-COLLAR workers in the Lujizui financial zone will find the trip from the Lujiazui Metro station to their office towers made easier with a new bus service launched today. The Lujiazui Financial City Bus and its stations are equipped with LED screens to show the latest stock market information. Free Wi-Fi and a Lujiazui map are also available at the stations. The red bus is inviting the public to design its skin that should symbolize the financial zone. The design competition will be held annually and the winning design will be printed on the bus exterior. The bus runs daily from 7am to 9pm with an interval of 3 minutes during rush hours and 7 minutes on average. The fare costs 1 yuan (15 US cents) but it's free within two hours after you take the Metro or other buses. The 5.3-kilometer route has 11 stops and connects 30 office buildings in the financial zone, including the Shanghai International Finance Center and the Super Brand Mall. It has a short distance between stops, averaging 480 meters, for the convenience of commuters. Its operator said more Lujiazui bus lines be launched in the future to cater to people's needs. White collars working in the Lujiazui skyscrapers have long complained about the long walk to the Metro station and other buildings in the area. In addition to the new bus service, a bi-level overpass is under construction in Lujiazui and will be open to pedestrians in a few months.

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