Rail ticket ID will stay on track

Updated: 2012-02-17 11:16


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Railway tickets issued with identity cards will be continued despite the peak Spring Festival travel season ending on Thursday, Beijing Times reports.

A total of 216 million passengers transferred nationwide during 39 days of the 40-day travel rush that lasted from Jan 8 to Feb 16, the Ministry of Railways said. The total number of the travel journeys is expected to be 220 million, a record high compared to previous years.

The named ticket system was first introduced to crack down on ticket scalping during the festival. Valid ID will still be needed when purchasing tickets.