BEIJING, Aug. 21 (Xinhua) — China’s new-generation high-speed bullet train, the “Fuxing,” was put into operation Monday on two railway lines connecting the major cities in the Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei area.
The high-speed service marks a key step in integrated transportation services within the region as the Chinese government seeks coordinated economic development between the three areas.
The Fuxing high-speed trains will make 39 one-way trips between Beijing and Tianjin and 6 one-way trips between Beijing and Xingtai, Hebei each day.
The trains will stop at 10 cities in the region, including Beijing, Tianjin, and Hebei’s Baoding, Xingtai and Shijiazhuang, the provincial capital.
The new trains will account for 18 percent of the total services on the Beijing-Tianjin line, China’s first high-speed line, that went into operation in August 2008. Trains on that line have carried more than 200 million passengers.
The journey between Beijing and Tianjin is short and railway authorities have provided discounts for commuters, said Wang Lunan, a train attendant.
Many people choose to live in one city and commute via high-speed train to work in another city.
Song Xin, president of a startup incubator in Tianjin Binhai New Area, said his company is located near the high-speed railway station and he makes two to three round trips between Beijing and Tianjin each week.
Fuxing is Chinese for rejuvenation, and the trains are a substantial upgrade on the “Hexie,” or harmony, trains. Entirely designed and manufactured in China, the Fuxing is more spacious and energy-efficient, with a longer service life and better reliability.