While most of Western Europe (or China, for example) prefer railway transportation to that by road, Central Europe has gone the opposite way.
Railway transport has clearly been losing ground to road transport in the Czech Republic. This is both in domestic and international terms, as well as in passenger and goods transport. In 2008, 93% of inland passengers travelled by road. While the railways transported as many goods as trucks did at the beginning of the 1990s, it was only 31% in 2009.
In the Czech Republic, the capacity of passenger and goods transport (i.e. the number of seats or load capacity) has been going down and people travel by train less than a decade ago. The average distance travelled by a person by train a year dropped by 26% between 1993 and 2009, to 616 km. Shame.
March 20, 2013