China in the fast lane: Bullet trains and maglev lines
Bullet trains running on the Beijing-Tianjin Intercity Railway, China’s first high-speed railway commissioned 10 years ago, increased their speed to 350 kilometers per hour on Wednesday from 280-300km/h.
That means the 120km run from the Chinese capital to the northern industrial powerhouse takes a little more than 20 minutes. Xinhua reported that the increase in speed could allow more trains to shuttle passengers to meet a growing market demand.
After Wednesday’s change in train speed, there will be 272 trips available per day, while the maximum daily passenger transport capacity has subsequently grown by 6,200 to 157,000, according to the China Railway Corp.
More then 82,000 passengers used the line on a daily basis in the first half of 2018.