The Railway System (#107)

The Big Citian Railway System was developed fairly later in the 1980s by the company Stenson & Larry Pvt. Ltd. and was bought by the government for around 267 million Amires (~US$400 million). It was ran by the government for roughly 18 years before Stenson & Larry Pvt. Ltd. was re-hired to manage and run the railways while the government retained the ownership rights. The railway line consists of a triple gauge for varying sized trains to run on.

The system consists of a few thousand kilometers of rail and is primarily used to cross between the five island states of the country, namely; Fezo, Dezo, Cyber, Ran & State of Big City. The line travels to all the major cities in each state but doesn’t go to the country’s smaller towns and cities. The rail goes from island to island through an underground tunnel which runs between each adjacent island and very often, the railway stations are located adjacent to the airports for ease of access and efficiency. Railway is not a very commonly-used mode of transportation in the country and when it is used, it is usually for crossing the sea from island to island. There are ten registered train companies that run their trains in Big City and there is no room for more companies since the railway system has reached its maximum capacity for holding trains.

The government also released a plan for making the railway system more widespread to increase its usage within a span of eight years but the idea was scrapped after just a year due to the growing popularity of the Busicity bus service which led to tie-up of the Big Citian Railway System with the Busicity service which carried people from a major city to a small town via a mixture of train and bus rides at a comparatively cheaper rate.

The trains were known to get late fairly often, have uncomfortable seating and have poor facilities due to lack of use. Also, poor construction planning resulted in the most-used Fezo-Dezo connection tunnel getting damaged due to water currents. Due to all these problems, Stenson & Larry Pvt. Ltd. decided to buy out the railway system back from the government and announced the “National Railway Re-haul Plan 2080” in 2068 which planned to repair all damage in the tunnels and improve the conditions of the trains and tracks by the year 2080. This project proved to be a huge success as it increase passenger satisfaction by a drastic 54% by repairing the tunnels and standardizing all trains to have a certain level of comfort and facilities. This also led to a huge economic growth to the railway industry as number of passengers from 2068 to 2080 jumped by 15%.

 

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