South Korea has announced plans to spend over 100-billion U.S. dollars on rail infrastructure across the country to shorten travel times between cities.
The Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport said on Thursday that over the next 10 years it aims to build railroads for express trains to shorten travel hours between local cities.
The ministry aims to reduce travel times between those smaller cities to under an hour to help ease the chronic problems of traffic and a highly concentrated population.
Another initiative is to help boost regional economies.
The plans include cutting travel time from Yongmun in Gyeonggi-do Province to Hongcheon in Gangwon-do Province by more than 60 percent… from an hour and 33 minutes to 35 minutes.
From Daegu to cities in Gyeongsangbuk-do Province such as Yeongcheon, the travel times will be reduced from an hour and 12 minutes to 37 minutes.
And people will be able to travel between the cities of Gimhae and Ulsan in the southeast of the country in less than 40 minutes.
The ministry also said that it aims to repair worn out railways across the country to speed up traveling so that people, wherever they are, can travel to any part of the country within three hours.
The transport ministry said it will finalize the construction plan by the end of the first half of this year.
Seo Eunkyung, Arirang News.