First Private Train Debuts in Northern Italy
    2010-11-16 08:43:04     Xinhua      Web Editor: Zhang Jin
Italy's first private train connecting the northern cities of Turin and Milan debuted on Monday, also offering on-board shopping and dry cleaning services.

The red-yellow train, which belongs to privately-owned " Arenaways," reached Milan with its first passengers on board, including the founder and CEO of the company, Giuseppe Arena.

"Today is a historic day, being the first time that privately- owned cars are running on the tracks of our railways," Arena told Xinhua.

The first company to challenge the monopoly of Trenitalia, a part of state-controlled Ferrovie dello Stato, Arenaways was not allowed to make intermediate stops between Turin and Milan.

"We are to appeal to the Transport Ministry, the anti-trust panel and the European Commission for the right to pick up passengers between the two cities," Arena noted.

In order to promote the so-called "no stress" traveling concept, passengers were offered a number of services on board, from shoe cleaning to shopping.

"We thought of on-board shopping after a survey showed that most of our commuters are single," said service coordinator Patrizia De Bernardi.

"Customers can choose from a variety of first quality goods in a minimarket, or leave their laundry and pick it up either on the train or at different pick-up points around the city," she added.

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