Spokesman of China's Ministry of Railways, Wang Yongping (R),
answers questions from netizens about the spring festival
travel February 2 on gov.cn. [photo: gov.cn]
It's not the right time to implement the real-name
system for train tickets in China, Wang Yongping, spokesman of the Ministry of
Railways, told gov.cn - the official web portal of the Central People's
Government of the People's Republic of China, CCTV.com reported Friday.
"Many passengers have suggested using a real-name ticket system, but the time
isn't right," Wang said during an online communication forum with netizens on
February 2 on gov.cn.
"The real-name sytem will be inconvenient for passengers who already have to
deal with many procedures during the ticket-buying process, waiting for trains,
and getting on and off the trains," Wang said. "The system would also place a
heavier workload on railway station staff."
Wang said that on average
there are more passengers that travel by train than by plane, and the average
passenger flow through the Beijing and Beijing West railway corridor has hit
300,000 per day. The daily traffic during the Spring Festival peaks at about
"With this amount of pressure, the current equipment, facilities, and
employees would not be able to successfully implement the real-name system. Most
foreign companies have not implemented it either," Wang said.
also denied that railway staff bonuses are taken from the profits made during
the Spring Festival.
He also said that the ministry will permanently
maintain the price-freeze it pledged, not just for this year's Spring Festival.
The price freeze will also be in effect for China's two golden weeks, the Labor
Day holiday and the National Day holiday.
China's Ministry of Railways announced on January
10 train ticket prices will not rise during the Spring Festival season
beginning in 2007.
The railway ministry forecast at the end of last year that 156 million people
will travel by train during this year's peak travel period, an increase of 4.3
percent from last year.
The peak period runs from February 3 until March 14.