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Issue 6 2012 • 22 January 2013 • Dávid Vitézy, CEO and Member of the Management Board, BKK Centre for Budapest Transport
Public transport first appeared in Hungarian capital city Budapest in the early 19th century in the form of the omnibus and later the horse tramway. These were followed by modes of transport that were revolutionary for those times: Europe’s second funicular connected the Castle Hill with the Danube riverbank while the Continent’s third cogwheel railway was built in the Buda hills. The first tramway was inaugurated in 1887, and by the end of the century, electric vehicles replaced their horse-drawn predecessors. Suburban railways were also built during this period. The Continent’s first underground was built in 1896 and is now part of World Heritage. The 3.7km-long line is still in operation today. Buses and trolleybuses appeared on the streets of Budapest in the first decades of the 20th century. The development of the public transport network continued soon after World War II: the trolley network developed extensively and the chairlift was opened, which mostly serves tourists visiting the Buda hills. Preceded by a long period of planning and implementation, the second metro line was opened in the 1970s and the third, North-South line, was built between 1976 and 1990. The construction of the fourth line connecting South Buda with the city centre started in 2004 and is expected to be completed in 2014.
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.