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Tickets for regular-speed trains going paperless
Published on: 2020-06-19
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Passengers wait in line to board a train at Fuyang Railway Station in Fuyang East Chinas Anhui province

Passengers wait in line to board a train at Fuyang Railway Station in Fuyang, East China's Anhui province

Railway passengers across China will wave goodbye to paper tickets as the country allows people traveling on normal-speed trains to use electronic tickets, according to the country's railway operator.

Starting on Saturday, the e-ticket system, which was previously limited to high-speed and intercity railways, will be promoted on rail lines running at normal speed, with over 1,300 such stations involved in the new arrangement, the China State Railway Group said on Wednesday.

Normal-speed trains play a vital role in railway transport and also serve as an important choice for passengers, handling over one-third of all railway passenger trips annually, the company said.

ticket 03With the new policy taking effect soon, it will bring the total number of railway stations using e-tickets to more than 2,400, and about 95 percent of railway passengers across the country will benefit from the move, it added.

Passengers using the e-ticket system will be able to enter the station and check in with their ID cards and facial recognition without a paper ticket. The system will also reduce wait time and eliminate the risk of losing tickets or being sold fake tickets, it said, adding that the average time of ticket-checking will be shortened from 3.8 seconds per person to 1.3 seconds.

The e-ticket service first kicked off on the island-looping high-speed rail line of Hainan province in November 2018, and another four high-speed intercity railways were piloted in July 2019.

全国普速铁路6月20日实施电子客票 纸质火车票将成历史


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