Rail transport in Burawa
Rail transport in Burawa is a major means of passenger and freight transport, especially for mass and high-speed travel between major cities and for transportation of goods between Central Kaftia to ports in southern Burawa. All national rail transportation is managed by the Burawi Railway Corperation while inter-city and local railways are either subsidiaries of the BRC or independent entities.
Common features of Burawi railways
A majority of rail stations in Burawa are almost wholly unmanned excluding security personnel and fare inspectors. All transactions on national railways are handled by the Lightning Card or National Ids, both contactless payment and verification systems of transit. All stations are equipped with National ID and Lightning card readers as well as Lightning Card vending machines. Larger, more frequented stations and stations with notable disabled communities do have manned assistance and information staff. There is no longer any ticketing staff employed by the government since 2015, with most ticket booths removed, preserved as historical landmarks, or converted to food and toiletries stalls.
Fare and Surcharges
All transactions are processed via contactless payments on national railway operations and most private systems. Once a passenger has entered a station and passed by electronic readers, a hold is placed on the card preventing further transactions not related to goods purchased while on the station or train. The hold is removed once a passenger has tapped their payment card to exit at their arrival station. Fares are based on distance traveled with possible additional fees depending on the station. Airports and ferry building stations have additional charges added to subsidize the public utilities. Fares are also based on service type and domestic and international service.
A few lines in Burawa extend outside of the nation and are operated jointly with other transit agencies. All stations that operate with international destinations will contain customs and immigration sections. Passengers taking an internationally bound line do not need to bring a passport if traveling domestically but will be fined if crossing the border willfully without one. Fare inspectors will usually check passports before arrival to the last station before exiting the country. For passengers traveling internationally, special payment kiosks equipped with contactless and standard payment systems are used to validate passenger passports and process payment before departure. Because of non-standardized payment systems between nations, passengers who travel internationally between stations will receive a paper ticket once validating to confirm proof of payment.