Shenzhen-Guangzhou High-Speed Rail Link Opens

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On Monday Chinese authorities launched a new high-speed rail service connecting the two cities of Shenzhen and Guangzhou. It's the first major rail link to open since a deadly high-speed rail crash in Wenzhou over the summer led to questions about whether the high-speed rail system was safe.

The Chinese regime launched a high-speed rail service connecting Shenzhen and Guangzhou in southern China on Monday.

The super-fast trains will travel up to 186 miles per hour on the 63-mile-long track. It reduces travel time between the two commercial centers to 35 minutes.

All 36 pairs of trains will commute daily. Each train has six carriages and can transport more than 550 passengers. A first-class one-way ticket costs $16—a second-class ticket is $12.

The latest launch came after serious high-speed train problems this year.

In July, two high-speed trains collided near Wenzhou in East China's Zhejiang Province, killing at least 40 and injuring 210 people. The collision almost stopped national high-speed rail projects and the production of superfast trains.

Earlier in February, the regime's railway minister, Liu Zhijun, was dismissed on corruption charges that are still pending trial.

So far the regime has injected more than $74-billion to the high-speed rail network expansion. But state-run China Daily newspaper reported the regime plans to cut back railway funding to $63-billion in 2012.

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