RegioJet dispatches first trains to rival Czech Railways

The first private trains to rival Czech Railways began service on Monday on the Ostrava Prague line. The RegioJet company, which belongs to the Student Agency group known for its bus services, will be operating three trains daily on the Havířov – Ostrava – Olomouc – Prague line in each direction. In the future the company intends to increase the connections to 18 a day. RegioJet is also looking to compete against the dominant railway player through passenger services, offering free internet connection, better mobile signal, and free newspapers and beverages. The first trains were reportedly sold out on Monday. Another private company, Leo Express, intends to compete on the Ostrava – Prague line beginning in December of 2012.