A new electric train was launched today linking the southern suburbs of Borj Sedria and Riadh to the capital Tunis. The National Company of Tunisian Railways (SNCFT) started this “green” project as a step towards reducing fuel dependence of Tunisia’s trains.
According to Oudi Zouari, presse attaché at the Ministry of Transport, the train preserves the environment and will provide 158 trips per day. “Unlike trains, which run by fuel, the electric ones are meant to keep a clean environment. The train is also fast. It will reduce 26% of the commuting time (…) and can reach 120 kilometers-per-hour,” he said.
Not only do the electric trains save passengers time but also decrease certain costs for the SNCFT. “The old trains, which have been working for over 30 years, will be replaced by the electric ones. It will also allow for the reduction of costs related to the yearly maintenance of equipment by a very significant margin, estimated at about of 75%, as well as a 45% drop in energy expenses,” he explained.