Spectator on facebook

Spectator on facebook

FOCUS SHORT

Yellow trains carry over 100,000

REGIOJET, part of the Student Agency group of companies, has already transported over 100,000 passengers on the line linking Bratislava, Dunajská Streda and Komárno, south-east of the capital, since launching operations on the route on March 4, the SITA newswire wrote on March 30. The number of passengers is double that carried on the route when it was operated by Železničná Spoločnosť Slovensko (ZSSK), the state-owned rail passenger company.

RegioJet now operates in Slovakia. (Source: Tibor Somogyi)

REGIOJET, part of the Student Agency group of companies, has already transported over 100,000 passengers on the line linking Bratislava, Dunajská Streda and Komárno, south-east of the capital, since launching operations on the route on March 4, the SITA newswire wrote on March 30. The number of passengers is double that carried on the route when it was operated by Železničná Spoločnosť Slovensko (ZSSK), the state-owned rail passenger company.

RegioJet hopes the number of passengers will increase further once it opens its own car parks at railway stations in Kvetoslavov and Dunajská Streda, something it plans to do in mid April. Parking for RegioJet passengers at these sites will be free.

“The number of passengers who have begun to use RegioJet [services] has very positively surprised us and exceeded our expectations,” said Marek Bičan, project manager of RegioJet Slovensko. “It proves that a combination of an attractive timetable, modern carriages, services and reasonable travel options has managed to reverse transport habits in favour of more effective railway transport.”

RegioJet is the first private rail passenger carrier in Slovakia. It has completely replaced state-run passenger trains on the 100-kilometre Bratislava-Komárno route. The Transport Ministry and RegioJet signed a contract covering subsidies for operation of the regional route in December 2010.
The deal runs from March 2012 to December 2020. The state will pay the private carrier €5.90 per train-kilometre. RegioJet plans to transport up to 1.9 million passengers annually.

Topic: Transport


Top stories

Crematorium in Bratislava is an architectural revelation Photo

Those who have experienced farewells in other crematoria know what makes it special. Now the best work by the architect Ferdinand Milučký is getting a monograph

Crematorium in Bratislava by architect Ferdinand Milučký

What kind of expectations do some Slovaks have for world leaders?

Among EU member states, opinions of the United States declined in all but two — Poland (which makes some sense) and Slovakia (which does not).

Donald Trump

Crates and boxes. Slovaks discover new ways of grocery shopping

Farmer’s boxes are gaining customers in Slovakia as people slowly become more conscious about quality and the origin of the food they eat.

Foreigners: Top 10 events in Bratislava Video

Tips for the top 10 events in the capital between January 19 and January 28, plus regular services in different languages, training, temporary exhibitions and highlights of the year.

Scandi 4