MÁV: KISS already runs on the Budapest – Újszász – Szolnok railway line
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October 18, 2021
On October 18, another KISS was launched, so from today the passengers will run on the Budapest – Újszász – Szolnok (120a) railway line with the new double-decker motor train. There are 14 more vehicles on the Vác and Cegléd lines, and a total of 15 new vehicles are running on the three suburban lines together with the new car.
MÁV-START KISS motor trains are very popular in the suburban area. Of the 600-seat motor trains, ten will meet passengers on the Vác line and four on the Cegléd line. From October 18, the first double-decker train will be available on the Budapest – Újszász – Szolnok (120a) railway line, which will trigger the Szolnok striped pendulum. A total of ten trains are planned to run on this line. The replacement of conventional trains with new, modern trains on these lines will result in better scheduling due to the advantageous running dynamics of KISS multiple units.
Roland Juhász, Secretary of State for Public Property Management in the Prime Minister’s Office, said: “For the government, railways are not just a matter of transport, but of society as a whole. KISS trains should also be seen with such an eye, because once acquired, they can be national or prosperous, with economic and social impacts extending to the entire country. We consider it extremely important for passengers to be able to travel with modern, comfortable, demanding and satisfying means of transport that facilitate their daily lives, such as KISS motor trains. Therefore, the Hungarian state, as the owner, expects MÁV to offer a uniform, predictable, high-quality service by placing new, attractive, modern, barrier-free wagons on the market. “
György Czerván, Member of Parliament for the 9th constituency of Pest County, said: “The Budapest – Sülysáp – Nagykáta – Újszász – Szolnok line runs through Tápiómente. It should be noted from the diet that almost 60 percent of the active working age population living there work elsewhere, mainly in Budapest, so they commute daily by road or rail. The good news for them is that from now on, a new and state-of-the-art double-decker train will run here, on one of the busiest suburban lines, followed by nine more. “
The words of János Pócs, the Member of Parliament of the 2nd constituency of Jász-Nagykun-Szolnok county, speak, what Szolnok and Újszász need for the new train, if not in kilometers, but in time, comfort and safety they will get much closer to Budapest. The new and comfortable train, who work in the morning or travel to the capital to study, will feel and then feel like going on a trip.
Róbert Homolya, President and CEO of MÁV, emphasized that from the end of 2022, MÁV-START will serve its passengers with comfortable, modern and popular FLIRT and KISS motor trains in almost all suburban traffic in Budapest. At the same time, it intends to increase its capacity in the suburbs by 47,000 seats by 206 to almost 51,000 seats by 2025. The busiest lines are planned to be served by high-capacity, double-decker motor trains. The Budapest-Újszász-Szolnok line is now one of these lines. The population of the settlements on the lines of Újszász, which were provided by more than 8 million passengers a year before the pandemic period, experienced a new dimension in the journey as the railway company gradually replaced the former, obsolete fleet with KISS motor trains.
By the end of next year, each of the vehicles ordered, a total of 40 KISSs, will be available. KISS motor trains will run mainly on suburban lines in Budapest, and further transport routes are being planned.