China to sell train tickets on smartphones

China to sell train tickets on smartphones

Summary: Ministry of Railways plans to launch a new service that will allow passengers to buy train tickets via smartphones, in hopes to prevent the existing online platform from crashing due to heavy traffic.

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China's Ministry of Railways said it plans to launch a new service for passengers to book and pay for train tickets via smartphones running either Apple's iOS and Google's Android.

Xinhua reported Wednesday a trial period had been scheduled to allow passengers in Shanghai to make ticket reservations on certain dates during a eight-day pilot starting Sep. 30, which encompasses the Mid-Autumn Festival and Chinese National Day week-long holiday.

The ministry estimated 75.4 million train trips will be taken between Sep. 27 and Oct. 7 this year, averaging 6.86 million trips per day.

The smartphone service was built to prevent system failures if a huge number of users log on to the ministry's online ticketing platform, it added. During the Spring Festival--also known as the Chinese New Year--in January, the online ticketing system crashed due to overwhelming demand, angering thousands of users in China.

Topics: Smartphones, Apps, Government Asia, Mobility, China

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  • I thought for a second that I could finally have digital tickets.

    How superlatively naive of me.
    zhangkhaien@...