Turkey has introduced a new system for procurement of railway
passenger transportation services. From 1 May 2018 onward, railway
train operators will be chosen via a tender procedure, announced by
the Ministry of Transport, Maritime Affairs and Communication
("Ministry"). Generally, an open tender procedure will
apply, but the service may be obtained via direct supply in certain
The Regulation on the Public Service Obligation for the Railway
Passenger Transportation ("Regulation") was published in
Official Gazette number 29807 on 20 August 2016, coming into force
on the same date.
Under the Regulation, a public service agreement will be
executed with the public service provider for procurement of
railway passenger transportation services with the characteristics
of a public service which may not be provided commercially. The
agreement will specify:
Location for the transportation.
Amount of train services to be
Ticket price for passenger
Until 1 May 2018, railway passenger transportation services will
continue to be provided by the Turkish State Railways and
Transportation Joint Stock Company.
The Ministry will regularly inspect compliance with the public
The Ministry will determine the public service fee and such
payments cannot be more than the net cost.
Please see this link for full text of the Regulation
(only available in Turkish).
Information first published in the MA | Gazette, a fortnightly legal
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