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20190503_805082 : Holiday train ticketing mess spawns rules

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  • Holiday train ticketing mess spawns rules (2019-05-03)
  • The country's railway operator said it will no longer allow train conductors to sell extended tickets to passengers who are already on board because the practice created overcrowding problems over the May Day holiday last week and was unfair to passengers who had booked tickets in advance. Some of those ticket holders were not allowed to board because the train was already full. The onboard sales ban was reported by Beijing Youth Daily after valid ticket holders were turned away from overcrowded slow trains in Nanjing, Jiangsu province, and Zibo, Shandong province, on Wednesday, the first day of the four-day holiday. In the past, during peak travel times, many travelers found themselves unable to buy a ticket to their desired destination. Hence, they bought one for a shorter distance instead and then purchased additional tickets from conductors. However, during the peak travel season, this presents a problem. When too many passengers aboard are allowed to purchase additional tickets, it results in overcrowding. Under the new rules, conductors are not allowed to sell extension tickets on board after being informed that the train is overbooked. Passengers who insist on staying aboard will be charged an extra 50 percent of the original price of their ticket, and must pay when they exit the station upon arrival. While conductors accepted money for tickets in the past, that practice is now banned.    Photo by Imaginechina
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