The railway authority of Guiyang, capital of Southwest China's Guizhou province, will increase local rail transportation capacity to meet the needs of travelers for this upcoming May Day holiday period from April 29 to May 3.
The travel rush started from April 27 and will end on May 4.
It is predicted that April 29 will be likely to be the peak day for departures during the eight-day travel rush, while May 3 will see the peak of returning passengers. On April 29, Guiyang, Guiyang North, and Guiyang East railway stations are expected to transport more than 150,000 passengers.
Short-distance electric-multiple-unit (EMU) trains, as well as trains running the Anshun-Liupanshui, Chengdu-Guiyang, Chongqing-Guiyang, Shanghai-Kunming and Guiyang-Guangzhou routes are expected to be the top choices for holiday passengers that are traveling by rail from Guizhou.
To transport passengers in a timely manner, Guiyang's railway authority will closely track the changes in passenger flow based on online ticket sales on the 12306 platform, and other big data ticket purchasing applications. For popular short and medium-distance travel destinations, the number of EMU trains will be increased, and their speeds will be adjusted to improve transportation capacity.
For example, the railway authority will add 10 EMU trains to Zunyi, Tongren, and Liupanshui, increase the daily passenger maximum to 6,000 people, and add more overnight EMU trains to the Chengdu-Guiyang, Chongqing-Guiyang, and Anshun-Liupanshui routes.
Additionally, to promote the in-depth integration of tourism and railway transportation, plans have been made to launch multiple tourist trains in May to facilitate more travellers.