First high-speed train to Black Sea Coast travels 225 km in 115 minutes
The first train of the summer transport schedule running with 160 km/h has made it to Constanta City, some 225 km from Bucharest, in one hour and 55 minutes, a speed record for the Romanian railway transport, according to Adrian Vlaicu, executive manager of CFR Calatori, the passenger division of the public railway company.
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"The shortest time, as far as I remember, for covering the distance between Bucharest and Constanta was 2 hours 14 minutes before 1989, then until 1994-1995, when the trains speeded uninterruptedly at 140 km/h on some sectors, including bigger ones, yet now we cover it at 160 km/h. From the commercial service's viewpoint it is an absolute first", Vlaicu said.
According to CFR, starting on July 4, 2014, four Interregio passenger trains reaching a maximum speed of 160 km/h will get from Bucharest to Constanta, or back, in two hours.
The travellers opting for other hourly intervals than the ones of the high-speed trains have two more Interregio trains, which directly link Bucharest to Constanta within 2hr 25 minutes, at a maximum speed of 140 km/h.