The State Railway Administration (AFE) is seeking to reactivate the passenger train service to the Argentina. The autonomous entity wants to unite again with two daily frequencies to Leap with the Entre Ríos city of Concord in the next three months.
This would be 12 years after the rail service Free Peoples Trainwhich linked the city of Pillar (Buenos Aires province) with the city of Tacuarembo Paso de los Toroswill stop working in February 2012.
The minister of External relationships (MRREE), Francisco Bustilloassured before the Parliament that the realization of the project “it would be a major achievement” with regard to the regional integration of the Uruguay.
As reported in the press, AFE would currently have a machine with the capacity to 90 passengers, and the required personnel, but it would still be necessary to condition some sections of the road on both banks of the Uruguay River. It is estimated that the cost of the ticket would be almost 4 times less than a bus ticket.
Due to certifications, the tour must be done in two formations, where on the bridge of the Salto Grande dam, passengers must transfer to a train operated by Argentina, as well as carry out the migratory procedures.
The agreement would be based on the international treaty that emerged in 2011, as a result of the Free Peoples Train, so it would not be necessary to create new laws to regulate it.
AFE manages more than 1,500 properties throughout the country
AFE is in charge of freight and passenger train transport, as well as the management of more than 1,500 properties distributed in different parts of the country, mostly abandoned. Your president, Joseph Peter Pollackestimates that the entity has in its possession about 1,000 properties only between warehouses and logistics centers.
In turn, he indicated that only 231 of these properties and homes are rented, and of these, only 92 meet the rental quota, leaving a loss for AFE in terms of unpaid rents of almost $130,000 annual.