Results so far and prospects of Kazakhstan passenger rail franchising


Timur Sharipov

Document Type

Journal Article

Publication Date


Subject Area

mode - rail, place - asia, organisation - contracting, infrastructure - rolling stock, organisation - privatisation, economics - appraisal/evaluation


passengers, competititve tendering, improvements


From 1991 till 2004 passenger rail transportation in Kazakhstan was organized by a public company without financial contribution from the state budget. As in any post-Soviet country losses from passenger sector in the integrated rail company were covered at the expense of the freight transportations. From 2005 the Government is trying to introduce competition in passenger rail industry by competitive tendering rights to operate on particular route and providing subsidies. This paper reviews the Kazakhstan passenger rail franchising policy from statement and implementation with analysis of results so far. To get sense about the current policy’s perception survey among managers of the government bodies and railway companies had been performed. It indicates respondents’ opinion about main concerns and suggestions for improvement in passenger rail industry. According to provided analysis there are opportunities for improvements in operation of public and private companies as well as in the Government policy.


Permission to publish the abstract has been given by Elsevier, copyright remains with them.


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