14ymedio Headline News Summary: New Trains With Cars Bought From China Begin Operations In Cuba

A woman observes the line of passengers to buy train tickets (EFE)

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EFE (via 14ymedio), Havana, 14 July 2019 —  The new trains with cars purchased by the Cuban government from China through a 150 million dollar loan, will operate starting Saturday, with the first route between Havana and Santiago de Cuba.

The trains will carry 700 passengers and make the trip in 12 to 14 hours, a significant improvement over current travel times of an entire day or more. Tickets are 95 Cuban pesos (roughly $24 US) in first class (with air conditioning) and 70 CUP in second class.

The cost of Cuba’s plan to restore its deteriorated rail network is estimated to be three billion dollars.


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