High-speed train investment and state subsidies

In the previous issue, the young messenger of our newspaper, Şeref Kılıçlı, former IETT General Manager and Türk Vagon Sanayi A.Ş. (TÜVASAŞ) Member of the Board of Directors His interview with Muammer Kantarcı was published. The interview contained great and invaluable information about transport, as all readers would see. From the words of Mr. Kantarcı, it is possible to conclude that the railway investment is realized with very serious figures and that the operation policy should be in accordance with this large investment.

Our young friend Kılıçlı said, sak If we look at the cost of the high-speed train, what is the situation? Dr. Ant The cost of one kilometer (infrastructure, superstructure and electro-mechanics) in Europe varies between 12 and 30 million euros. The number varies depending on the topographic structure of the line, ie the average 20 million euros. We have made the Ankara-Konya line very cheap because the land is very suitable, the number was 3 odd million Euros. If we look at the maintenance costs; 1 mileage annual maintenance cost; 70 thousand euros. The price of an 250 high-speed train varies between 20 and 25 million euros. The maintenance cost of the train goes to 500 thousand kilometers per year; 1 million euros. These are the standard figures of the European Union.

The main dormitory of the duck with iron nets

I read the notes of the speech made by our Minister of Transport, Mr. Binali Yıldırım at the Bab-ı Ali Meeting. According to the information Mr. Yıldırım gave about our railways, before the Republic, we had a 4 thousand 136 kilometers long railway line. Between 1923-1950, an additional 3 kilometers of main lines were built. So, an average of 764 kilometers a year ?? From 134 to 1951, the annual average of the railway line construction fell to 2002 kilometers, and during this period, only 18 kilometers more main lines were built, which are conventional lines.…

A suitable development for the contemporary world

In our country, the introduction of high-speed train in 2003 is an era of jumping in transportation. I congratulate those who dream, plan, project and implement. But dr. We need to interpret Kantarcı's words correctly. Weigher says, “The rival of the high-speed train is not the buses but the airplanes! Ne What does that mean? As a result of such large investments, the high-speed train that is in service must compete with the airline. So, fast train ticket prices have to be close to plane ticket prices as it is all over the world. The state cannot subsidize high-speed train ticket prices at the level of bus ticket prices, so that “the passenger can get used to his feet”. This issue becomes even more important when you consider the airline ticket advertisements that fool travelers.

Investing in highways

Now it can be said, “Such large-scale investments are not only made for railways? A budget of millions of dollars is allocated for motorway and split road projects. Our government and the Ministry of Transport are revolutionizing transportation. Great projects are also implemented on our highways. But remember that the highways do not only serve buses. We also need highways for cargo and cargo transportation and travel by private vehicles. There are divided roads and highways. However, railways can only be transported by trains? We need to allocate investment costs equally to those benefiting from the investments made.

State whether the railroad investments pay off, besides the necessity of determining the high-speed train ticket prices in real terms in order to strengthen its treasury operations, including high-speed trains, I believe that the legal basis should be created switching to private rail transport.

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