Korea's Bullet Trains Celebrates 4th Year

  • Arirang News

    April 02, 2008 06:48

    It's the fourth birthday of Korea's bullet train, KTX. Over the past four years, the KTX has run over 23 million km, an equivalent of over 2,000 times around earth.

    It has carried more than 135 million travelers with a daily average of 100,000 users. Since its first run, customers have experienced an 8 percentage increase in punctuality with 95 out of 100 trains arriving on time. However, profitability issues still remain as it only moved into the black last year.

    While the KTX was built with France's TGV technology, Korea is preparing to launch the KTX-II in 2010 built with home-grown technology.

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