The total mileage of China's high speed rail isexpected to reach 30,000 kilometers by 2020, covering more than 80% of major cities, accordingto a development plan for railway constructionreleased by the National Development and ReformCommission.
China will have 150,000 kilometers of rail tracks inoperation in 2020, 60% of which are double-trackrailways and 70% electrified lines, according to the plan.
In addition, a 2,000-kilometers network of intercity railway will be formed in economicallydeveloped and densely populated areas.
A total of 3,000 kilometers of branch lines will be expanded, offering a "seamless" transferexperience.
The plan says that high speed trains will carry 65% of the total passengers by 2020, and thetravel time between adjacent major cities will be shortened to 1-4 hours.
According to requirements, 80% of the train tickets should be available on online platforms.