High Speed, High Price

As China Expands its high speed rail system, some of the country's rural poor have criticized the trains for being too expensive.
May 22, 2010, 9am PDT | Nate Berg
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"'It is ok if you take it once a year, but too costly for frequent commuters like me and many others,' said Li, an employee with a Beijing-based international trade company.

A second-class ticket costs 58 yuan ($8.49) for the 120 kilometer trip, which takes 30 minutes. Ordinary trains between the two cities take around 90 minutes, but only cost about 20 yuan ($2.93).

The high price for tickets on two other newly-built high-speed railways in the country, the Wuhan-Guagnzhou and Zhengzhou-Xi'an lines, has also been criticized."

But according to officials, there are no plans to reduce the fares.

Thanks to The Overhead Wire

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Published on Thursday, May 20, 2010 in Global Times
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