Public transport in Poland

13 June 2007  •  Author(s): Jerzy Polaczek, Minister of Transport, Poland

As a result of the political changes in Poland after 1990, public transport was taken over by the municipal authorities. Town authorities in Poland have been given control over the property and are entitled to run public transport services.

The State authorities, however, when leaving public transport, did not provide the towns with due financial means. Local authorities were forced to increase public transport fares and reduce financial means to replace the transport equipment with the new equipment and maintain the infrastructure. As a consequence, public transport branches are hardly diverse, with a great majority of buses and low standards of transport services. Yet, it is positive that the market of public transport services is becoming liberalised and it still has a high share in all transport services. The increase of gas fumes emissions, noise and traffic congestion continuously deteriorate life standards in towns.

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