RegioJet cites growth since 2012

THE CZECH railway carrier RegioJet claims it has tripled the number of passengers using the Bratislava-Komárno route since it took over from the state railway operator Železničná spoločnosť Slovensko (ZSSK) three years ago. 

RegioJet joins integrated transport system. RegioJet joins integrated transport system. (Source: Tibor Somogyi)

The company is taking credit for shifting commuters who use the route from cars to trains.

“Modern RegioJet trains proved that if passengers are offered good-quality services, they are willing to switch from a car to a train,” owner of RegioJet Radim Jančura told the Hospodárske noviny daily. “In three years we have proven – even before the controversial, populist law on free train travel of [Prime Minister] Robert Fico that passenger train transport can be done in a different way in Slovakia: well, responsibly and, most of all, so that it is attractive for the travelling public.”

This change has also influenced the real estate market around the capital, according to Jančura.

“The buyers actively search whether our trains stop in the due municipality,” he said. “RegioJet makes each municipality with a train station more attractive.”

Passenger trains and regional express trains of RegioJet run on the Bratislava-Komárno track and back based on the order of the Slovak Transport Ministry, in public interest. They connect Komárno with the capital on a daily basis, with more than 15 lines within a close vicinity of Bratislava, securing passenger transport with almost 30 lines, according to the firm.

Moreover, RegioJet also operates, apart from the trains on the already mentioned route, the modern InterCity RegioJet trains on the route Bratislava-Žilina-Košice, since December 2014; and also the bus line Bratislava-Nitra-Banská Bystrica since February 2015.

In March, a RegioJet train derailed at Bratislava’s main station. Nobody was seriously injured in the mishap.

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