Public transportation networks in Anhui province are expected to see a 9.8 percent surge in the number of passenger trips from a year earlier during the ongoing Spring Festival travel rush, local authorities said at a videophone conference on Tuesday.
The number of passenger trips on trains, planes, boats and buses is estimated at 86 million in the period before, during and after the Chnese Lunar New Year holiday, up 9.8 percent over the same period last year.
Road passenger trips will hit 70.7 million, up 11.2 percent year-on-year, while railway trips are predicted to rise 6.2 percent year-on-year to 7.4 million.
Meanwhile, passenger trips made via water and air are expected to increase 3.1 percent and 19.8 percent from a year ago to reach 7.1 million and 753,000, respectively.
The Spring Festival travel rush, which marks the world's biggest annual migration, will last for 40 days beginning on January 26.
Local transportation authorities also forecast that the number of passenger trips will exceed 12 million during the weeklong Chinese Lunar New Year break officially starting on February 9.
(By Zheng Weiling)