Renewal and development in Budapest

22 December 2014  •  Author(s): Tibor Bolla, CEO, BKV Zrt.

Renewal and Development in Budapest

Budapest is a well-liked tourist destination ranking 37th among the 100 most popular worldwide cities; 2.7 million tourists choose to visit each year. And with a city-population rising to 1.7 million in 2013 (2.5 million within the suburbs), 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.

BKV Zrt. provides public passenger transport services by bus, rail and boat within and outside the administrative zone of Budapest according to the current public service contract. Our company operates five major modes – bus, tram, metro, HÉV-suburban railway and trolleybus – in an integrated system. Above this it also operates cogwheel tram and – primarily for touristic reasons – a chairlift and funicular service. Overall, our 2,700 vehicles deliver 1.35 billion passengers per year.

Buses (including trolleybuses) have the largest share, with the tram in second place and the Budapest Metro (lines M1, M2, M3 and M4) in third place.

Operating company

BKV is a private limited company with more than 11,000 employees.

On 1 May 2012, BKV became a ‘pure’ operating company and BKK, the Centre for Budapest Transport, took over the transport organisation activities from BKV which includes traffic management, timetabling, traffic co-ordination, passenger information, ticket purchasing, and ticket control. BKK carries out the tasks of strategic planning, development, management, service ordering and controlling in an integrated system that stands in the institutional system structure as the ordering party between the Municipal Government of the Capital and the transport service providers. The operation of the vehicles – including the funicular, chairlift and boats – and the associated infrastructure, maintenance and the connected additional services have remained under the control of BKV.

So, BKV is still an important, indispensable and irreplaceable operating company in the public transport domain of Budapest. At the time of writing this article, we can report results that foresee significant changes during 2014 in the renewal of transport of the capital.

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