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The Turkish high-speed rail service YHT takes great pride in a level of hospitality that turns passengers into guests who surf the web, enjoy films and play – right there in their seat.
A State-Of-The-Art Rail Network
By 2023, the Turkish State Railway (TCDD) aims to expand its infrastructure by more than 10,000 kilometers to create a modern rail network that will meet the growing needs of Turkey’s ever more mobile population. A Herculean effort that is off to a running start: The first high-speed lines are already notably gaining weight in the country’s mobility mix.
TCDD is planning to expand its high-speed fleet to over 100 vehicles – and with the newly designed Velaro Turkey high-speed train (Yüksek Hizli Tren – YHT), Siemens plays a starring role in these plans. However, when it comes to ensuring the appeal of its new rail services, TCDD does not rely on superior speed alone. In the spirit of perfect and contemporary hospitality, the Turkish rail operator wants its passengers to fully enjoy their time on-board.
By 2023 we will operate 300 services per day and will carry 120,000 passengers on our high-speed network…our high-speed services will be in easy reach of 53% of the population.
Enhancing the Passenger Experience
To offer passengers not only reliable and punctual service but the full range of Internet on Board services – for entertainment, communicating, or working en route – TCDD combines its Velaro TR fleet with digital services by Siemens – AlwaysConnected andTrainIT.
More and more travelers fall in love with the Velaro Highspeed services. In 2017, six new trains joined the Konya–Ankara–Eskisehir service. To ensure their reliability, TCDD uses the TrainIT platform with its standardized train-ground interface to constantly monitor the status of its trains.
With a power output of 8,000 kW and a maximum speed of 300 km/h, the Velaro TR cuts journey times and facilitates more frequent connections. At the same time, optimized aerodynamics and energy recovery from braking helps operators to reduce consumption – and thus the cost of energy.
A Wireless Local Area Network (WLAN) and a Universal Mobile Telecommunications System (UMTS), powered by Siemens TrainIT, gives Velaro passengers access to music, videos, online games and ebooks; travel information, news tickers and IPTV (Internet Protocol Television) and communicate wherever they are.
Intelligent and Connected
The fully integrated, modular TrainIT system on-board the Velaro forms the backbone for innovative internet-based plug-in applications such as passenger assistance, diagnosis with remote status monitoring and analysis as well as maintenance applications.
Train concepts by Siemens Mobility build on rich transportation expertise and on a clear understanding of the challenges operators face in improving availability, throughput and in enhancing the passenger experience.