BKV Zrt - Articles and news items
Issue 6 2014 • 22 December 2014 • Tibor Bolla, CEO, BKV Zrt.
Hungary’s capital is quickly growing. BKV Zrt. is the main local public transport operating company for the city, and its CEO, Tibor Bolla, outlines how renewal of vehicles and expanding infrastructure is contributing to success…
Issue 6 2011 • 3 January 2012 •
BKV has more than 100 years of history with great traditions and expertise, and has always had an important role in the transport of Budapest. The company operates five big branches (bus, tram, metro, commuter train and trolleybus) in an integrated system. Furthermore it provides cogwheel railway, funicular, chairlift and Danube boat services.
The mission of the company is to be a market leader, providing high quality public transport in the capital and the Budapest region, to meet the expectations of the European Union and to take part in the integration of public passenger transport in the region of Central Hungary.
BKV is committed to being environ – mentally-friendly and reducing air pollution to make it a liveable and social city.
The basis of our vision is for BKV to be an efficiently functioning company in terms of technical conditions, the level of service and human resources; a competitive service provider that meets the requirements of the 21st century.
BKV offers comfortable, punctual, reliable, safe and competitive services for the inhabitants of the capital and the agglomeration of Budapest that can be compared to any European capital’s public transport company.
Readers of Eurotransport have been kept informed on the overhaul of Metro Line 2 in Budapest on a once every two years basis (Issue 2 2005, Issue 3 2007). So let us report on another two years on the progression of this complex project.
Budapest has always been pioneering the introduction and implementation of new public transport systems. This proactive approach is characterised by the Millennium Subway (M1), the first subway on the European continent which opened up in 1896, and the East-West metro line, constructed and serving passengers as the first metro line of the CEE region. Here, service commenced in 1970, but the line was built further and reached its current length in 1972. Now the East-West metro line is named Budapest Metro Line 2.
In Eurotransport Issue 3 2006, there was an article about the Combino trams manufactured by Siemens, for operations in Budapest, Hungary. This time, we would like to provide a more detailed description of the trams and to report on the experience over two years of use and the follow up on their commissioning.
Between July 2006 and May 2007, we put into operation 40 modern low-floor trams, each with a length of 54m and a width of 2.4m, with eight 1.3m wide doors on each side. The new trams operate with excellent results along tram lines 4 and 6, which have the highest traffic density and the highest number of passengers in Budapest. Ever since they were put into operation, the trams have been transporting passengers safely and in a passenger- and environmentally-friendly manner. They have already travelled over four million kilometres. On these lines alone, the number of disturbances in traffic dropped to 1/20th after the trams were put into operation.