ONE OF the biggest private railroad carriers in central Europe, RegioJet, has transported more than 1.5 million passengers on the Bratislava – Dunajská Streda – Komárno route since launching operations in March 2012. In addition to offering new services for passengers, the company has also reduced traffic on the roads by hundreds of cars per day, spokesperson for the firm Aleš Ondrůj wrote in a press release.
The company has completely replaced the state-run passenger carrier Železničná Spoločnosť Slovensko (ZSSK) on the route between Bratislava, Dunajská Streda and Komárno, and now offers 50 connections a day.
“The launch of the new operation of RegioJet regional trains was a big milestone and breakthrough for railroads in the central and eastern European region,” said Marek Bičan, manager of RegioJet for Slovakia, as quoted in the press release.
During a press conference held on March 6 representatives of the company said that they would also like to operate more routes in Slovakia, either regional or national. If the state were to announce a tender for operators of the routes, RegioJet would be prepared to join it, the TASR newswire reported.
Spokesperson for the Transport Ministry Martin Kóňa said that the ministry will support any efforts to continue in the liberalisation of the passenger railway transport, and will not “prevent the private carriers from entering those routes where trains do not run today”, the SITA newswire reported.
11. Mar 2013 at 0:00 | Compiled by Spectator staff