The Istanbul-Tehran-Islamabad (ITI) train will hopefully resume operations, following a joint meetup in Istanbul. During the meeting, Turkey’s transport minister, Adil Karaismailoglu informed the three nations that the ITI railway project will be relaunched in 2021.
The ITI framework was launched in 2009 and exists as a project under the Economic Cooperation Organization (ECO).
The railway line from Istanbul, through Tehran, and all the way to Islamabad could be extremely beneficial to all three nations when regular operations start. A journey on the tracks takes eleven and a half days to complete and a train can have 20 containers – of 40 feet each – attached to it. The route has also caught the attention of the United Nations and has been recognized as an international corridor between the three countries.
All three nations involved have agreed to unified tariffs and a regular schedule for these trains.