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Regio Călători (former Regiotrans) is a private rail company headquartered in Brașov, Romania. It was founded in 2005 and is exclusively active in the passenger transport sector. At present Regiotrans run about 200 train services / day.
On March 17, 2015, the Romanian Rail Safety Authority revoked the company's Part B safety certificate and the company ceased operations on all routes until further notice. CFR, the national rail carrier has taken over (from March 18, 2015, for the time being) some of the routes; but not all, and those that CFR had taken on operated with a skeleton service. The sudden cessation of Regiotrans services, with virtually no notice, took many travellers by surprise; some passengers being stranded in fields. Their Regiotrans season tickets were honoured by CFR, but clearly only if CFR were providing an emergency replacement. A refund, however, was available for longer period season ticket holders.
Particularly in the Banat region, there were no alternative bus routes. Many villages and even substantial towns, therefore, had no practical public transport option. Services restarted on certain routes on the 1st April 2015, the company apparently having obtained the safety certificates following a fast track procedure ( "in regim de urgenta"). Further re-openings were effected in mid/late April 2015 (for example Ineu–Cermei), several routes, however, remain closed, following changes in the subsidy allocations and calculation' regulations, that occurred in March 2015.
The Company had been experiencing difficulties due to alleged subsidy corruption. Not the least problem faced by its major shareholders and directors, was the fact that a majority shareholder and joint senior executive, Costel Comana somehow managed, after taking drugs, to commit suicide by hanging himself with his shoelaces ("cu șireturile de la pantofi") in a toilet aboard an air flight between Columbia and Costa Rica. Comana had fled Romania for Brazil after the arrest of his co-chief executive (and joint owner of Regioalatori), Iorgu Ganea. Ganea had been arrested and faced prosecution regarding subsidy irregularities.
Regiotrans primarily runs local trains. Many of the services (especially in the Banat)are very infrequent - with the service between Liebling and Jebel running just once a week until its withdrawal on 1 April 2015. Indeed, a number of services appear to have been withdrawn from this date, for example: http://www.regiotrans.ro/mersul--trenurilor-buzias-gataia-jamu-mare. Others lines have had their services drastically reduced: for example between Praid and Bălăușeri (on the line Praid–Blaj) there is now only one train per day in each direction which makes a round trip from Praid for any purpose impossible: http://www.regiotrans.ro/mersul--trenurilor-teius-blaj-tarnaveni-praid.
It is the only operator on several routes:
- Brașov–Întorsura Buzăului
- Sfântu Gheorghe–Brețcu
- Sighișoara–Odorhei Service withdrawn March 2015
- Alba Iulia–Zlatna
- Șibot–Cugir Service withdrawn March 2015
- Bistrita Nord–Sărăţel - Luduș
- Buziaș–Gătaia–Jamu Mare Service withdrawn March 2015
- Timișoara Nord–Cruceni
- Berzovia–Oravița Service withdrawn March 2015
- Jimbolia–Lovrin Service withdrawn March 2015
- Jebel–Giera Service withdrawn March 2015
- Timișoara Nord–Voiteni - Reșița Nord
- Arad–Sânnicolau Mare–Vălcani
- Nădab–Grăniceri Service withdrawn March 2015
- Iași–Podu Iloaiei–Hârlău
- Fălticeni–Dolhasca Service withdrawn March 2015
- Dorohoi–Leorda–Botoșani Service withdrawn March 2015
- Târgu NeamțPașcani Service withdrawn March 2015
- Caracal–Corabia Service withdrawn March 2015
- Alexandria–Zimnicea Service withdrawn March 2015
- PiteștiCurtea de Argeș Service withdrawn March 2015
- Goleşti–Câmpulung Muscel - Argeşel
- Roșiorii de Vede–Turnu Măgurele Service withdrawn March 2015
- Băbeni–Berbești–Alunu Service withdrawn 2014
- Golenţi–Poiana Mare Never operated
- Cărbunești–Albeni Never operated
- Amaradia–Bârsești Never operated
On other routes it operates alongside the public railway company CFR (usually with lower frequencies):
- Brașov–Sibiu Service withdrawn
- Brașov–Alba Iulia
- Brașov–Sfântu Gheorghe - Miercurea Ciuc Service withdrawn
- Sibiu–Copșa Mică - Blaj Service withdrawn
- Sibiu–Copşa Mică - Sighişoara
- Sibiu–Alba Iulia Service withdrawn
- Luduş–Alba Iulia Service withdrawn
- Targu Mureş–LuduşService withdrawn
- Alba Iulia–Şibot Service withdrawn
- Alba Iulia–Cluj-Napoca never operated
- Arad–Ineu–Brad (only section Arad to Santana is shared with CFR)
- Arad–Nădab withdrawn March 2015
- Dolhasca–Paşcani–Iași Service withdrawn March 2015
- Caracal–Roșiorii de Vede - Alexandria Service withdrawn March 2015
Regiotrans also have a few long distance trains:
- Brașov–Craiova, Service withdrawn March 2015
- Brașov–Bucuresti Nord
- Brașov–Constanța seasonal
and occasionally ReEgiotrans opearted a tourist steam train, named Dracula Express, between Brașov–Zărneşti and Brașov–Întorsura Buzăului.
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