The first railway in Tunisia was a standard gauge line opened in 1872 between Tunis and La Marsa, a distance of about 19km. The line is now the TGM suburban railway operated by Transtu.
The national network in the coastal region to the north of the country was developed in standard gauge, but a much larger network of metre gauge lines served the eastern coast and penetrated the interior. The standard gauge network has an international connection with Algeria for freight only.
Passenger trains serve the majority of major towns, with suburban services around Tunis and Sahel. Future plans include rehabilitation of rundown parts of the metre gauge network and a new rapid transit suburban network in the Tunis area.
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