Shanghai Metro upgrading machines for new 1-yuan coins

Chen Huizhi
Shanghai Metro has been upgrading its ticket vending machines so passengers can buy tickets with the new 1-yuan coins minted in 2019, which many machines have rejected.
Chen Huizhi
Shanghai Metro upgrading machines for new 1-yuan coins
Chen Huizhi / SHINE

A passenger uses coins to purchase a Metro ticket at Nanxiang station on Wednesday.

Shanghai Metro has been upgrading its ticket-vending machines so passengers can buy tickets with the new 1-yuan coins minted in 2019, Metro officials said today.

Local media recently reported the machines rejected the new coins, which are smaller than older ones.

China issued new 50-yuan, 20-yuan, 10-yuan and 1-yuan banknotes, and 1-yuan, 50- and 10-cent coins in 2019.

An official said Metro began upgrading its ticket-vending machines after the release of the new banknotes and coins. The machines recognize the new banknotes, which only required a software upgrade. However, recognizing the new 1-yuan coins requires hardware upgrades, complicated by the various ages and manufacturers of the machines.

Hardware adaptation tests have been underway for some time on the huge number of ticket dispensers in the vast Metro network.

Machines in every station along Line 4 can now recognize the new 1-yuan coins, which is expected to extend to every machine in every station by the end of the year.

In the meantime, passengers should visit Metro station service desks if they are unable to purchase tickets with the new 1-yuan coins, where they can exchange the coins.

Passengers can also buy tickets with their digital wallets, the city’s transportation cards and apps.

Shanghai Metro upgrading machines for new 1-yuan coins

The older 1-yuan, 50- and 10-cent coins (left), and the new ones

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