A network of railways has been formed, with Urumqi at the center. The length of railways has reached 2,925 km. In September 1990, the Lanzhou-Xinjiang Railway was extended to Alatav Pass Port (also called Alashankou Port), forming a second Eurasian railway.
With completion of construction, Alatav Pass Port has become a major gate in China for opening to the west. Passenger trains run from Urumqi to Beijing, Shanghai, Chongqing, Zhengzhou, Chengdu, Ji'nan, Lanzhou, Hankou and Lianyungang, as well as from Kuytun to Xi’an and from Korla to Xi’an. International passenger trains run between Xinjiang and Kazakhstan.