Turkey’s first high-speed train service begins today

Turkey’s first high-speed train service begins today

Turkey's first high-speed trains will enter into operation today with the attendance of PM Erdoğan.

March 13, 2009, Friday/ 17:30:00/ TODAY'S ZAMAN
Turkey's first high-speed train line begins operating today, with Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan among the passengers on the inaugural trip.An opening ceremony is scheduled for today at the Ankara train station, and then the prime minister and other ministers, bureaucrats and journalists will take the 80-minute trip to Eskişehir. Upon their arrival, they will also participate in a ceremony at the Eskişehir train station. Beginning tomorrow, chartered trips on the line will begin.

The 200-kilometer line runs between Ankara and Eskişehir, cutting the three-hour train trip from Ankara to Eskişehir down to one hour and 20 minutes. In addition to the Eskişehir ceremony Erdoğan will participate in, there will be a ceremony to mark the occasion in Yozgat, led by Deputy Prime Minister Cemil Çiçek. The next high-speed train line for Turkey is to run between Ankara and Yozgat, so Erdoğan will participate in the construction-commencement ceremony in Yozgat via a teleconference.

The train line will run at an introductory fare of TL 5 until April 1. Beginning April 2, tickets will be sold at TL 30 for first-class seats, TL 20 for economy class and TL 16 per person for students and groups large enough to qualify for a discount.

There will also be an option for passengers to buy monthly passes: TL 300 (TL 200 for students) for unlimited rides for a month. Trains will depart from Ankara at 7 a.m., 11 a.m., 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. and from Eskişehir at 7 a.m., 11:35 a.m., 2:45 p.m. and 9:35 p.m.

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