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Top 10 cities with highest daily urban rail passenger traffic

Urban rail transit in Chinese cities witnessed steady growth both in operating scale and passenger traffic last year, according to a recent report from the China Association of Metros.

Fifteen cities saw over 1 million passengers in their average daily traffic. At the top of this list, Beijing and Shanghai handled 10.87 million and 10.64 million passengers respectively.

The 10 cities with the most average daily passenger traffic are those with the largest economic and urban population size, the report said. Besides Beijing and Shanghai, the list included Guangzhou (9.07 million), Shenzhen (4.9 million) , Chengdu (4.18 million), Wuhan and Nanjing (above 3 million), Chongqing and Xi’an (above 2 million), and Hangzhou (1.78 million).

Here are the top 10 cities for rail transit passenger traffic in 2019.

No 10 Hangzhou

Passengers take an anime-themed metro train in Hangzhou, East China’s Zhejiang province, on April 20, 2017. [Photo/Sipa]

No 9 Xi’an

A woman takes photos of a mural at a metro station in Xi’an, Shaanxi province on Dec 26, 2018. [Photo/Sipa]

No 8 Chongqing

A view of a metro station in Chongqing on Nov 14, 2019. [Photo/Sipa]

No 7 Nanjing

Passengers rest at a metro station in Nanjing, East China’s Jiangsu province, on May 10, 2018. [Photo/Sipa]

No 6 Wuhan

An aerial photo shows a Wuhan Metro Line 1 train passing the old Hankou Railway Station in Wuhan, Central China’s Hubei province, on March 28, 2020. [Photo by Zhou Guoqiang/for]

No 5 Chengdu

A Chengdu Metro train with an interior featuring the Huanglong Scenic and Historic Interest Area is seen in Chengdu, Sichuan province on Sept 9, 2019. [Photo/China News Service]

No 4 Shenzhen

Passengers prepare to take priority carriages for women on a metro train in Shenzhen on June 25, 2017. [Photo/Sipa]

No 3 Guangzhou

A view of Guangzhou metro station on May 4, 2019. [Photo/Sipa]

No 2 Shanghai

A view of a Shanghai Xujiahui metro station transfer channel on Nov 26, 2019. [Photo/Sipa]

No 1 Beijing

Subway trains on Line 6 in Beijing have adopted a smart service system that includes inspection cameras and LED windows showing useful information, such as a station map. [Photo provided to]

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