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302 mln train trips during Spring Festival travel rush

Updated: Feb 16,2017 3:56 PM     Xinhua

Beijing Railway Station is full of people waiting in lines on Feb 2. [Photo/Xinhua]

The Spring Festival travel rush, starting Jan 13 this year, has witnessed 302 million rail trips made by Chinese passengers as of Feb 15, China Railway Corporation (CRC) said on Feb 16.

This represents an increase of 10.1 percent from the same period in 2016, according to the CRC.

On Feb 15, more than 9.28 million train passenger trips were made.

About 9 million passenger trips were expected to be made by train on Feb 16 alone, and the CRC will schedule 669 additional trains on Feb 16.

About 2.98 billion trips are predicted to be made during China’s 2017 Spring Festival travel rush by different modes of transport between Jan 13 and Feb 21, up 2.2 percent from the same period in 2016, the National Development and Reform Commission said last month.

Spring Festival fell on Jan 28 this year, and is the most important festival in the Chinese calendar.

During Spring Festival, hundreds of millions of people go back to their hometowns, putting huge stress on the transport system despite significant improvement in infrastructure over the last few years.