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Text: Cuba News 360 Newsroom
Although it has been very useful for passengers, the train that covers the route between Sancti Spíritus and Havana is about to suspend its itinerary for the umpteenth time, this time due to the losses generated by the Base Business Unit (UEB) Sancti Spiritus Railways.
The account is kept in pencil by Andrés Pérez Cruz, head of the commercial group of the aforementioned UEB, who assured the institutional site Transporte Espirituano that in August the circulation of the train caused losses of around 500,000 pesos.
“This has led us to the abyss and the service in such disadvantageous conditions has become unsustainable,” argued Pérez Cruz from the position of the manager who takes care of his company’s finances and ignores the perspective of ordinary Cubans, who have fewer opportunities every day. of transportation at affordable prices, in this case, only 40 pesos.
The train —which in Sancti Spíritus is called El Habanero, but in the rest of Cuba is known as El Espirituano— has been involved in quite a few controversies in recent years for various reasons: poor condition of its cars, recurring indiscipline of passengers and crew, and the repeated suspension of a service that, although it does not meet the expectations of comfort for such a long trip, at least relieves a considerable part of the population.
Enabled at the beginning of July to support transportation during the summer, with a single weekly departure, El Espirituano also covered a route to Cienfuegos that was the least in demand and caused the company’s greatest losses. At the end of the summer stage, that itinerary was suspended.
The trip between Sancti Spíritus and Havana, from which the intermediate territories also benefit, is maintained “for the moment”, except with which the Union of Railways of Cuba puts the patch before the leak falls, since it has not decided still if it will be left fixed or if it will stop, by virtue of the red numbers that it has generated in the accounting.
According to the directors of the sector, among the reasons that put the company against the wall are the rental of a machine from the FerroAzúcar entity, the modest price of the ticket and the fact that part of the income does not stay in Sancti Spíritus.
To all this, the vox populi adds the lack of fuel, which has not been a State secret for a long time in Cuba, and the mercantilist mentality with which this means of transport is currently valued, which is about to suspend its operations with the subsequent damage to the people just because the account doesn’t hit the bureaucrats’ offices.