System and prospects of China’s intercity rail transit technology
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City clusters and metropolitan areas in China are flourishing in the midst of the deepening urbanization in the country, thereby resulting in the emergence of intercity rail transit. Intercity railways connect mainline and urban railways for an integrated regional transportation system that underpins and leads the development of city clusters and metropolitan areas. This study explores the development mode and service characteristics of intercity rail transit, as well as proposes overviews on this system and prospects of its future technology in China.
Keywordsintercity rail transit city cluster technical demand technology system
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The author is particularly grateful to Mr. Sansan Ding for his constructive suggestions and to Professor Limin Jia, who provided assistance to develop an outline of this paper.