Xiamen-Shenzhen Railway Corp. officially opened 12 pairs of expressway trains today operating between Pingshan Station and Shenzhen North Railway Station, providing quick transportation for commuting riders.
The operation of the trains will cut the 36-km trip between Pingshan and Longhua from 40 minutes to 20 minutes. Two trains, the C6801/2 and C6803/4, will operate before 8 a.m., benefiting morning commuters living in Pingshan.
During the rush hour, it generally takes about one hour to drive from Longhua to Pingshan. Those taking the bus can expect to have a two-hour commute.
The opening of the trains brings the number of trains operating between the two areas on the Xiamen-Shenzhen railway to 32 pairs a day.
China’s railway service ticketing website, www.12306.cn, shows the fares for second-class seats as 10 yuan (US$1.57) and first-class seats as 13 yuan. A VIP seat is 32 yuan. There were some tickets left for the trains at 5 p.m. yesterday.
Trains from Pingshan Station to Futian will also open after the Futian Station on the Guangzhou-Shenzhen-Hong Kong high-speed rail is put into operation.
It will play a bigger role in stimulating the Shenzhen CBD, Pingshan and cities in Guangdong’s east, government officials said.