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Not one km of railroad built in last 25 years

At the moment, a CFR Calatori passenger train traveling from Bucharest reaches Tulcea (244 kilometers of railroad) in 5 hours and 20 minutes at an average speed of less than 65 kilometers/hour, below the speed reached before the ‘90s; trains need 21 minutes more than they did eighty years ago to travel from Bucharest to Buzau; and the examples are plenty, zf.ro reports. None of the changes made in the duration of train transport in the last several years has been for the better, even though “professional” management teams were hired by both CFR SA, the railroad management company, and CFR Calatori, the national transport operator. “It’s a disaster. We still haven’t managed to fix the railroad we inherited from the Communists. Before the Revolution, it took us two hours to get from Bucharest to Constanta by train and three yours to get from Bucharest to Tulcea. Because we haven’t fixed the railroad at Medgidia toward Tulcea, traffic was restricted by 40 kilome­ters/hour,” Iulian Mantescu, railroad engineer, said.

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