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Railway to link Turkey, Georgia and Azerbaijan

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baku tbilisi karsThe new Baku-Tbilisi-Kars Railway Project, which is expected to be completed by early summer, will link Turkey, Georgia and Azerbaijan. The new railway line will initially increase trade between countries and let cargo to transfer from Asia to Europe.

New Railroad to connect Iran with Afghanistan

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railway2mountainsThe Iran Railway Company announced that a new railroad will connect Iran with Afghanistan in 2018. The rail project has reached the borderline with Afghanistan though the remaining part, which resides in the soil of the neighboring country, is expected to be accomplished by the end of the upcoming year.

Electric Train to shorten travel between Athens Airport and Piraeus

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electric train athensTravel between the port of Piraeus and Athens International Airport will take approximately 45 minutes on an electric train set to operate in June 2017. Transport and Infrastructure Minister Christos Spirtzis said, “The Athens station will be fully operational in April and delivered to the citizens and to the public who will be able to enjoy a modern electric train. The train will reach Piraeus and works will be continued… in efforts to link the railway with the Metro station”.

Eurostar partners with Hahn Air

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eurostar trainHigh-speed rail operator Eurostar partners with Hahn Air. The UK-based train services are now available to travel agents worldwide for ticketing on Hahn Air’s HR-169 document with the exception of the United States, the United Kingdom, Germany, France, Belgium and the Netherlands.

Via Rail Holiday Season Revenues up 20%

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via rail canada winter

Via Rail Canada announced that the most recent holiday period – from December 19 to January 8 – was one of the busiest in several years. Winter weather conditions were no challenge for VIA Rail, which carried more than 282,000 passengers to their destinations onboard 1,300 trains across Canada. The number of travellers rose by 16%, and the company posted a 20% increase in passenger revenues compared to the same period last year.

Russian Railways transported 1.037 billion passengers in 2016

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russian trainsAccording to the latest figures, in 2016 the infrastructure owned by Russian Railways transported 1.0371 billion passengers, an increase of 1.6% on 2015. Long-distance passenger numbers amounted to 101.4 million, an increase of 3.6% on the previous year, while suburban commuters were up 1.4% to 935.7 million.

High-speed train service starts between Moscow and Berlin

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swift moscow berlin trainA new high-speed international train service is started on December 17, 2016; carrying passengers between capitals of Russia and Germany. Train No. 13/14 Swift left Moscow's Kursk station on its first run between the Russian capital and Berlin to a ceremonial send off.

Amtrak begins daily service to Arcadia Valley, Missouri

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arcadia valley trainstationAmtrak began daily service in a region in Southern Missouri that has been without passenger rail service for 48 years when the Amtrak Texas Eagle (Trains 21/421 & 22/422) stops at the Arcadia Valley Station in Arcadia, Mo., on Nov. 20.

German Deutsche Bahn to run intensive training programs in Dubai

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Dubai RTA sign agreement with Deutsche BahnThe Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) in Dubai has signed an agreement with the German Deutsche Bahn AG for the establishment of a specialized mobility & transport center, and sharing expertise in the rail and transport sectors.

Amtrak announces record ticket revenue in 2016

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amtrak Passengers Boarding trainAmtrak reported exceptionally strong unaudited financial results for the fiscal year which ended on September 30, 2016 (FY 2016), including an all-time unaudited ticket revenue record of $2.14 billion, a $12 million increase over Fiscal Year 2015.

Eurostar launches e-vouchers for Christmas 2016

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paris christmas lightsChristmas shoppers looking for the ultimate gift can celebrate, as Eurostar is launching e-vouchers just in time for the festive season. In just a few clicks, the gift can be easily sent to friends and family, whilst avoiding the hassle of the high street.

Via Rail to offer additional Trips between Montreal and Halifax

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via rail canada winterDuring the holiday season, VIA Rail Canada travellers will have more opportunities to leave their cars behind and enjoy the comfort of the train cars, freshly prepared meals*, unparalleled customer service and the outstanding scenery of Eastern Canada.

Amtrak increases capacity for Thanksgiving Holiday Travel

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amtrak crowdIn anticipation of the busiest travel week of the year, America’s Railroad® is prepared to accommodate the surge of holiday travelers with additional capacity on several routes in the Midwest. Extra trains will operate to and from downstate Illinois and Michigan and Amtrak will also operate every available passenger railcar in its fleet.

EU votes for free train rides to 18-year-olds to travel European continent

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The mobility of young people is essential in promoting a sense of belonging to Europe, enhancing social cohesion and ensuring a competitive European economy. However, the mobility of young people is not yet widespread despite the success of the Erasmus, Erasmus + and related programs. Now, European Union (EU) plans to give free Interrail pass to every 18-year-old in Europe on their birthday.

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