CFR Calatori loses market footing, subventions go to private operators

Subventions allotted to passengers’ railway transport will rise slightly in 2012, but a great portion of these will go to private operators, according to the bill for the division of subventions allotted under the 2012 to 2015 public budget between railway operators, “Romania libera” reports. Thus, if in 2011 the subvention for passengers’ railway transport amounted to RON 1.14 bln, this year’s figure is RON 1.16 bln. In the case of CFR Calatori, the subvention remains fairly steady, at RON 937 M, which will result in boosting the subvention awarded per passenger. However, the state aid is boosted considerably for private operators. The most substantial raises apply in the case of Regiotrans, from RON 146 M to RON 163 M, and Transferoviar, from RON 37 M to RON 43 M. Just like last year, the subvention-awarding system takes into consideration the distance covered by trains, rather than the number of passengers aboard, motivating private operators to run as many trains as possible, even where there is no demand, to cash in the state aids.

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