The Connecting Europe Express, an inter-EU train that will stop in nearly every country on the continent, set out from Lisbon Train Station on September 2 to arrive in Paris on October 7, arriving in more than 100 towns and cities throughout the journey.
The train will stop in all 26 member states and more, pass 20,000 kilometers and 33 border crossing points, and enable travelers to reach their European destinations using the sustainable option of train travel, TheSchengen.com reports.
A press release from the European Commission revealed that the Connecting Europe Express was launched as part of the European Year of Railways 2021, and was created in collaboration with 40 partners.
The European Commissioner for Transport, Adina Valian, indicated that railways are the solution to the phenomenon of climate change and the economic recovery after the pandemic.
“Railways have shaped our rich shared history. Rail is also the future of Europe, our path to mitigating climate change and promoting economic recovery from the pandemic, while building a carbon neutral transport sector,” Commissioner Valian said.
TheSchengen.com previously reported the launch of Single European Railways, a project designed to also reach 0.5 per cent of the EU’s carbon emissions target by 2050.
In addition, CEO of Austrian Federal Railways, Andreas Matta, noted that the project will raise awareness of green travel and that the shared railway sector is vital to achieving the EU’s climate goals.
CER members are committed to making the Green Deal successful. We need to continue to shift freight from one route to another, provide efficient services to daily commuters and expand international long-distance rail transportation with day and night services.
Furthermore, Connection Europe Express will include three main trains; Iberian train, Baltic train and Standard train.
Various activities for railway enthusiasts are planned throughout this five-week event, such as live discussions on the official website.
Commissioner Vălean added: “In the coming weeks, Connecting Europe Express will become a renewed conference, laboratory and forum for public debate on how to make rail the preferred mode of transportation for passengers and businesses alike.”
Conference trainers have been provided by various European railway companies such as MAV (Hungary), which will present a traveling exhibition organized by the European Climate, Infrastructure and Environment Agency (CINEA) and the joint Shift2Rail undertaking.
Other coaches include a conference coach (provided by SNCF, France), sitting coaches provided by DB, Germany and SBB, Switzerland and a food coach from FS, Italy. The Standard Train Conference will also include a sleep coach provided by ÖBB, Austria. The Iberian train will be operated by the Spanish operator Renfe, while the Lithuanian LTG will provide the Baltic train.
Previously, Erasmus By Train, a European student initiative, suggested that Erasmus+ provide a free inter-rail ticket for students committed to green travel.
The practice of green travel involves transporting by non-carbon vehicles such as bicycles or using less polluting options such as shared cars and non-stop flights.