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Been seeing buses of a different color?

New, colorful routes improve transportation around Seoul

July 13,2003
The following is a tip on Korean language and customs in response to a query from a Ms. Baudez, who wrote to us from Seoul:

Q. Ms. Baudez:
I’ve seen a new kind of bus on Seoul streets. It is painted bright yellow, and there is a large “Y” sign on the side.

How is it different from ordinary buses?

A. IHT-JAD:
In an attempt to improve the city’s infrastructure, especially during and after the reconstruction of the Cheonggyecheon section in the northern downtown area, Seoul has introduced several new types of buses. They are divided into four colors: yellow, blue, green and red. The new buses operate using a global positioning system so that commuters can use their cell phones to check the arrival time of each bus. The yellow bus tours downtown; it operates from 6:30 a.m. until midnight and costs 200 won (17 cents). The blue bus runs along the city perimeter. The green buses will serve neighborhoods and specific districts, and red buses are for long-distance commutes between Seoul and satellite cities.


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