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Ministry of Finance proposes to reduce passenger trains at BAM
The Russian Ministry of Finance proposes to reduce the number of passenger trains traveling through BAM and Transsib. The ministry believes that this will increase the loading of airlines and reduce the costs of Russian Railways.
As the RBC citing sources, the Ministry of Finance proposes to partially replace rail transportation on the congested sections of the BAM and Transsib (the Eastern Polygon) to aviation. This proposal has already been discussed in the framework of the working group on the stabilization of prices for jet fuel, formed on behalf of Deputy Prime Ministers Maxim Akimov and Dmitry Kozak.
According to the Russian Railways, in 2018, at the “Vostochny Polygon”, all carriers from all stations carried 25,7 million passengers: in distant traffic - 8,4 million passengers, in suburban service - 17,3 million passengers. Monopoly with the proposal of the Ministry of Finance does not agree and intends to maintain the volume of socially significant traffic in the Far Eastern directions, where air communication is only between major cities.