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Industry news • 23 September 2015 • Katie Sadler, Digital Content Producer, Eurotransport
Budapest welcomed the first of a new fleet of CAF Urbos trams ordered by the Budapest Transport Centre (BKK) for passenger service on line 3.
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 2013 • 16 December 2013 • Ivo Cre, Senior Project Manager, Polis and TIDE Coordinator, Tamas Matrai, Project Manager, BKK Centre for Budapest Transport and Marcin Wolek, TIDE Public Transport Activities Leader, University of Gdansk
The Transport Innovation Deployment for Europe project – also known as TIDE1 – looks at 15 innovative measures that can change European cities. Innovation is not only technological: smart policies and institutional reform can create the perfect environment for urban transport improvements. Public transport organisation is one of the areas TIDE focuses on and the BKK Centre for Budapest Transport is TIDE’s ideal partner to prove that changing the management structures can help to manage the change.
TIDE is funded by the Seventh Framework Programme of the European Commission and runs from October 2012 until September 2015. The project aims to foster a more favourable climate for cities and regions to integrate innovations in their urban mobility policies. This should lead to increased acceptance and take-up of new urban transport solutions and technologies. TIDE will help cities and regions to address common challenges in a collaborative and integrated way.
Innovative ideas usually start in one or a few places before they reach wider coverage. TIDE will help cities and regions across Europe to shorten the path towards the implementation of innovative measures by showing that it is not necessary to re-invent the wheel but much more effective to exchange on innovation and transfer successful solutions from one European region to another. TIDE thus offers a cost-efficient way of spreading innovation throughout Europe.
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.
5 June 2013, Belgrade
Issue 6 2011 • 3 January 2012 • Tamás Fellegi, Minister for National Development, Hungary
The liveability of our cities and towns is increasingly determined by the extent to which environmentally-friendly, low-noise transport alternatives can arrest and replace fast motorisation. Consequently, communal transport must be given more room against the use of private cars. This, however, requires uninterrupted improvement in services, their adjustment to the needs, especially through the development and interconnection of rail-guided communication, which can provide for competitive total times spent. In Hungary, urban public passenger transport service providers struggle with heavy internal debt, considerably obsolete fleet and assets, and decades-long backlogs. In view of the restricted budgetary elbowroom, the government might assist in the improvement of various (local and interurban) passenger services by the alignment of transport companies’ operation and itineraries, and the improvement of opportunities to change from one to another line or means of transport…
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.