TRENITALIA LAUNCHES "LOW COST" PROGRAM

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Nov 30th, 2004, 08:04 AM
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TRENITALIA LAUNCHES "LOW COST" PROGRAM

Trenitalia is now advertising its newly launched "LOW COST" program, through a new website which can be accessed through the regular trenitalia site:

www.trenok.com

For the moment, there will be ONE DAILY special "LOW COST" Eurostar Italia train, classified as "TOK", running between Rome TIBURTINA Station (NOT NOT NOT Termini) and Milano LAMBRATE Station (NOT NOT NOT Centrale).

Trenitalia plans more service on more routes in the future, but the timing will depend on the results of this pilot program.

The train will departs Tiburtina at 6:40 and arrive at Lambrate at 11:25, stopping only at Firenze-Campo di Marte (NOT S.M. Novella), Bologna Centrale and Milano-Rogoredo.

Return train from Lambrate at 19:53 will arrive at Tiburtina at 0:24.

There is regular metro service connecting Tiburtina with Termini Stations in Rome.

From Milano Lambrate there are city buses to the downtown area.

All tickets on this train are priced at 9 Euros, every day of the week and regardless of distance. Nine Euros to get off or board at Florence, Bologna, etc.

Equipment will be an older-model Eurostar Italia ETR450, with approx. 400 seats, all "common class" (NO distinction between First and Second). The train is air conditioned but has no restaurant car. All seats will be sold on a reserved basis.

Here are the list of restrictions:

1. Ticket is valid EXCLUSIVELY for the day and itinerary selected.

2. NO RESERVATION CHANGES of any kind allowed

3. Ticket is NON REFUNDABLE and NON CHANGEABLE

4. Ticket does not qualify for the Trenitalia Eurostar "bonus" due to late arrival or non-functioning air conditioning

5. Tickets must be purchased in one of the following ways:

Thru www.trenok.com
Thru www.trenitalia.com
Thru a self service machine at the station
Thru the national reservation center telephone number 892021

Reservations will be accepted beginning immediately.

FIRST TRAIN WILL DEPART ROMA TIBURTINA ON SUNDAY DECEMBER 12

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Nov 30th, 2004, 08:22 AM
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On the regular trenitalia site, you will recognize the special "LOW COST" Eurostar train by its designation "Tok".

"Tok" trains will appear on schedules beginning December 12, not sooner.

The regular second class Eurostar Italia fare between Rome and Milan is 46.48 Euros, so the "LOW COST" "Tok" fare of 9 Euros represents a savings of 81%.

As mentioned previously, the "Tok" train does not distinguish between first and second class seats; all seats are "common" rated (but officially appear as second class in the website).

The "Tok" train will be entirely air conditioned and entirely non smoking. There will be no restaurant car.

Here are arrival and departures times between Roma-Tiburtina and Firenze-Campo di Marte:

lv. Tiburtina 6:40
ar. Campo di Marte 8:16

lv. Campo di Marte 22:46
ar. Tiburtina 0:24

There are NO STOPS between these stations.

The train will run daily between Roma-Tiburtina and Milano-Lambrate.

REMEMBER, this train departs and arrives at SECONDARY stations (EXCEPT Bologna Centrale). The idea is patterned after the low-cost air carriers which operate out of secondary European airports.

This is a terrific deal if you don't mind leaving from and arriving at these secondary train stations.

www.trenok.com
www.trenitalia.com
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Nov 30th, 2004, 08:29 AM
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Good job, continuing to dog the Trenitalia "intelligence".

Best wishes,

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Dec 1st, 2004, 08:46 AM
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You can easily purchase seats for the "LOW COST" Eurostar Italia train between Roma-Tiburtina and Milano-Lambrate (or intermediate stops at Firenze-Campo di Marte and Bologna-Centrale) throught the "ticketless" internet sales feature of the trenitalia website.

Once you register for internet purchases on the website, and are given a user-id and password, you can select the date of travel, specific train and itinerary, and choose your seats. You must select the "ticketless" option. You pay by credit card, and are sent a confirmatory e-mail specifying the reservations code, date and time of departure, train railcar number, and seat number.

When you arrive at the rail station, you can immediately board the train, or (if you wish) retrieve the paper ticket from one of the self-service machines, no later than 10 minutes prior to train departure.

If you choose to simply board the train, the ticket agent on board will identify you by your reservations code, and print a paper ticket at your seat, all at no extra cost.

If you board the train but have lost your reservations code, the ticket agent may attempt to identify your reservation by matching your name to that on your passport, but if unsuccessful, you'll have to purchase a new ticket on the train, then seek a refund of the ticket purchased thru the internet. So .... DON'T LOSE YOUR RESERVATIONS CODE if travelling "ticketless"!!!!!

The first "LOW COST" Eurostar train departs from Roma-Tiburtina on Sunday, December 12, and reservations for this and later trains are now open.

BTW, there is also underground metro service between Milano-Lambrate Station and the Centrale Station.

www.trenitalia.com
www.trenok.com
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Dec 9th, 2004, 03:10 PM
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The "LOW COST" Eurostar Italia train debuts this Sunday, December 12 at 6:40 a.m. from Rome Tiburtina Station, and daily thereafter between Rome and Milan.

NINE EUROS for all seats between Rome, Florence, Bologna and Milan, regardless of distance.

Buy your ticket on www.trenitalia.com or www.trenok.com.

Look for the train designation "Tok"
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Dec 13th, 2004, 02:11 PM
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The first "Low Cost" Eurostar Italia train departed on time last Sunday at 6:40 a.m. from Rome-Tiburtina Station, headed for Milan-Lambrate Station.

Until further notice, service will be once daily in each direction.

300 passengers paid 9 Euros for the 4.5 hour trip.

The ETR 450 equipment dates to 1987; there are nine railcars with 390 seats, all common rated. The train is 236 meters (774 feet) in length and can reach a top speed of 250 km/h (155 mi/hr).

State-of-the-art Eurostar Italia trains are even faster and longer, accommodating up to 590 passengers.

Trenitalia plans to convert all of its remaining ETR 450 fleet of Eurostar trains to "low cost" Eurostars. Next destinations planned are Rome to Bari and Rome to Reggio di Calabria.

Trenitalia states that the "low cost" train is nearly fully booked through February.

www.trenitalia.com
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Dec 24th, 2004, 08:57 AM
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I've read another report that the "LOW COST" Eurostar train between Rome-Tiburtina and Milan-Lambrate is nearly sold out through March!!!!!!

The same report hints that the next low cost Eurostar train will be between Rome Tiburtina and VENICE MESTRE, for 9 Euros. As the regular reserved second class Eurostar fare on this route is 44.93 Euros, the superdiscounted fare represents a savings of 80%.

You'll still need to get to Tiburtina Station in Rome by metro or bus, and from Mestre Station to Venice proper by local train or bus, so the superdiscounted ES train is not as convenient as the regular ES trains, BUT IT COSTS SO MUCH LESS!

More to come.....
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Dec 25th, 2004, 08:21 AM
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This is great. GAC..thanks VERY much for posting.
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