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Why railway doesn’t sell discounted standing tickets (2)

(People's Daily Online)

08:49, January 18, 2013

Wang has worked for railway engineering for more than 40 years, and is the expert on tunnel and underground engineering in China.

In response to the question raised by some netizens: “Why train can sell the tickets without seats while bus or airplane cannot?” Wang said that’s mainly because the rail demand exceeds the supply due to the large population. After the increase of the density of train departure, the standing tickets won’t exist anymore.

“In fact, railway didn’t intend to sell standing tickets at the beginning, because it will lead to chaos in management, low efficiency and decline in the quality of operations,” Wang said.

“When we discussed about the problem earlier, the Ministry of Railways had already explained that the discount on standing tickets would make trains overloaded, causing danger. “

From the perspective of transport safety, the railway authorities set limits on the number of standing tickets.

For rail capacity shortages, Wang said, “Efforts are being made to link various provinces and cities with high-speed rail. Road transport should be developed to reduce the railway’s pressure where there’s no or less railway.”

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