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High-speed transport card flagged

PASSENGERS on high-speed trains between Shanghai and Nanjing, Jiangsu Province, might be able to use transport cards to pay the fare.

The high-speed route, scheduled to start operations on July 1, is undergoing test runs.

The line has a terminal at Shanghai's newly opened Hongqiao Transport Hub.

Information about the transport-card plan was revealed to Shanghai Daily by a railway official who requested anonymity.

However, the Shanghai Railway Bureau, which supervises all train operations in the city and its neighboring three provinces, declined to comment on the matter.

"Detailed information will be made public before the route officially makes its debut," said Tao Liping, a spokesman for the bureau.

The line is expected to halve traveling time between the two cities, about 300 kilometers apart, to about an hour.

Top speed on the line is up to 350 kilometers per hour. Test runs in April managed half that speed, officials said.

After the line opens, there will be about 200 train services between the cities each day - one every five minutes during peak hours.

Separately, construction has begun in Songjiang District on major support facilities, including a bus hub and railway station square, for the Shanghai-Hangzhou high-speed railway scheduled to start services on October 1.


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