China’s high speed rail mileage expected to hit 30,000 kilometers in 2020

Total mileage of China’s high speed rail is expected to reach 30,000 kilometers by 2020, covering 80% of major cities, according to a development plan for railway construction released by the country’s National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) on Nov. 24.

China will have 150,000 kilometers of rail tracks in operation in 2020, 60% of which are double-track railways and 70% electrified lines.

In addition, a 2,000-kilometer network of intercity railway will be formed in economically developed and densely populated areas. A total of 3,000 kilometers of branch lines will be expanded, offering a “seamless” transfer experience.

The plan says that high speed trains will carry 65% of the total passengers by 2020, and the travelling between adjacent major cities will be shortened to 1-4 hours.

According to requirements, 80% of the train tickets should be available on online platforms.

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