The passenger trains which are making loss will continue to be organized by TCDD Tasimacilik until the end of 2020.
Although trains become popular and competetive in some routes with high speed trains, passengers prefering trains fall in Turkey.
The research about train travel among 26 EU countries, Switzerland, USA, China, India, Japan, South Korea, Canada, Russia and Turkey is quite interesting.
Passenger trains are getting slightly over 1% of share among all travels.
TCDD – or to be more exact TCDD Tasimacilik AS – operates just sixteen classic long-distance train services (as opposed to the YHT network of high speed trains).
Due to engineering works on Malatya-Yolcati section, passenger trains to Tatvan, Elazig and Kurtalan has started ending their service at Malatya.
TCDD announced new traveler card for passengers frequently using trains. Here are details of TrenKart which allows you travel with discounted fares:
Passenger trains running on Soma-Balikesir-Bandirma section have been suspended. This will soon be followed by remaining services on Izmir-Soma section.
Although competition seems to focus on rail freight after liberalization, a stronger competition may be seen for passenger trains soon.
TCDD is going to change food services given in high speed trains as plus service and restaurant cars in some of the main line routes.