Railway: System to nearly double by 2025
bullet train departure from his hometown.
“In the early 1990s, I took a train from Kunming to Guiyang for the first time. It took about 20 hours. The travel time from Kunming to Guiyang has been reduced, to 17 hours and then to 10 hours, and now to only 2 1/2 hours. Guizhou is our neighbor and wecan travel back and forth in the same day,” he said.
In July, the National Development and Reform Commission issued an updated national railway development plan envisioning 38,000 km of high-speed railways by the end of 2025, up from more than 20,000 km now.
The current system accounts for 60 percent of the world’s high-speed railroads, according to China Railway Corp.
“We will accelerate the construction of railways in central and western parts of China. We will also boost the expansion of intercity and suburban rail links,” Zhang Dawei, deputy head of the Transport Ministry’s planning department, said in July.
By the end of 2020, plans call for more than 80 percent of mainland cities with a population of at least 1 million to be covered by high-speed railways.