The bilingual bus stop boards facilitate the internationalization of Xi’an

2018-11-29 17:53:50 , Source : The Government Website of Shaanxi Province

The School-Enterprise Strategic Cooperation Agreement was signed between Xi’an International Studies University and Xi’an Public Transport Corporation to release the English names of the Bus Stops.

Directions are added into the stop names

Since the beginning of 2018, Xi’an Public Transport Corporation has conducted the standards of the stop names around Xi’an. A total of 258 lines and 545 stops are included in this standardization. Detailed bus information has also been provided to facilitate citizens and tourists from home and abroad. In addition to the original bus, line number, stop name, stop names along the route, first and last shift time, driving direction, next stop, pointing arrow and BUS, another five items are also added in the stop layout of light boxes: English bus stop name, transfer metro sign, travel payment mark, working time in winter and summer and identification sign of the driving direction.

Among them, fifteen stops are renamed along with the directions. The four-stops around the Bell Tower are changed to Bell Tower (East), Bell Tower (South), Bell Tower (West) and Bell Tower (North). The names of East Gate, South Gate, West Gate, North Gate, Heping Gate are changed into East Gate (Inside or Outside), South Gate (Inside or Outside), West Gate (Inside or Outside), North Gate (Inside or Outside) and Heping Gate (Inside or Outside); The name of Dayan Pagoda stop is changed into Dayan Pagoda North Square stop.

The seventy-one bus stop names are covered in this standardization, which are inconsistent with the existing stop names, owing to the change of cooperation names or addresses, such as Jiashijie, Datang Telecom, Dongjiao Vehicle Administration Office and Weiyang Township Government. In addition, 68 new convenience stops will be set up this year, and these stop names beyond the stops of the routes are included in this standardization. In order to ensure the accuracy of the stop names and the stability of their use, 379 bus stop names are also unified with “place name or two roads names”.

New stop boards are established with a powerful information function

The English name of each stop has been added into on the bus stop boards. For example, “钟楼(南)站” is shown on the new board with Bell Tower (South). The Metro lines and logos are displayed under the stop name, which facilitate the travelling of citizens and foreign tourists by bus.

According to the transferring situation of Metro line 1, 2, 3 and 4 (to be opened soon) and their connections with the bus stops, the metro lines and logos will be added into the bus stop boards while the metro logos will be shown under the stops where there is a metro transfer, thus to further promote the integrative public traffic system construction of “Metro + Bus + Slow Traffic” and make it more convenient for passengers taking the metro.

With the advent of the scanning payment, bus automatic toll collectors are gradually being replaced by a two-dimensional barcode payment. A new payment for the route will also be added onto the bus board, providing payment information for passengers. Winter and summer running timetables are on the new boards, i.e., Summer Time: May 1st to September 30th; Winter Time: October 1st to April 30th. Due to the road traffic control, some bus routes are not on the same road segment and the one-way stop is set up.

It was reported that the new boards will be made and installed gradually from the end of November according to the schedule. It is expected that the completion of the replacements will be done by the end of March 2019.

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