People wait to get on board at the Nanjing railway station on Wednesday. (Photo: VCG)
New transportation modes including car-sharing and paid hitchhiking are being encouraged during China’s upcoming Spring Festival travel peak, the Transport Ministry said on Wednesday.
There are about 3 billion passenger trips in 40 days during Chunyun, or the Spring Festival travel rush, this year, which is a big challenge for the transportation department, according to Liu Xiaoming, deputy minister of transport.
New transportation modes such as paid hitchhiking and car-sharing, among others, are encouraged during Chunyun, in a bid to improve transportation capacity, Liu noted at the conference.
Apart from new transport modes, transport service and safety will also be greatly enhanced during Chunyun, according to Liu.
A total of 2.98 billion trips are expected to be made during the 2018 Spring Festival travel rush between February 1 and March 12, according to Lian Weiliang, deputy director with the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC).
The number of road trips is projected to reach 2.48 billion, a 1.6 percent decline from last year, while train trips are likely to top 389 million, up 8.8 percent year-on-year, the NDRC was quoted as saying by the Xinhua News Agency.