Eastern Europe: Žilina, Slovakia – Information, information, information

17 December 2015  •  Author(s): Jan Šimko, Director of Transport, Dopravný podnik mesta Žiliny s.r.o. (DPMŽ)

Providing urban transport in the Slovakian town of Žilina and its surroundings is Dopravný podnik mesta Žiliny s.r.o. (DPMŽ). With its history dating back to 1949, the transport enterprise continues to grow and with future funding in the pipeline, Jan Šimko, Director of Transport, explores the importance of offering real-time information for passengers and expanding its trolleybus and bus routes.

Eastern Europe: Žilina, Slovakia - Information, information, information

The history of DPMŽ

Back in 1949, there was social demand to provide urban transport and municipal services in Žilina, and by the end of that year, the first line was established, yet passengers were still being transported by old buses from Prague, powered by gasoline, not diesel. In 1963, a government decision caused DPMŽ to become integrated into a state company. This was finalised in 1993, and the decision to develop trolleybus transportation was also made. A trolleybus network, substations and a trolleybus depot were built, and the first trolleybus ride occurred in November 1994. This trolleybus network has continued to expand, with the last stage put into service in July 2004.

The growth of DPMŽ Today, DPMŽ has 257 employees, operates eight trolleybuses and 11 bus routes with 239 bus stops. Another two bus routes are dedicated to employees of KIA motors Slovakia, MOBIS Slovakia and several other companies which cooperate with this Korean car producer.

The rolling stock of DPMŽ includes 41 trolleybuses and 42 buses. The majority of our trolleybuses are different models of ŠKODA trolleybuses, whereas our buses are mainly supplied by Karosa and its successor Iveco. However, in 2014 a new type of bus was purchased from the Polish producer, SOLARIS Urbino.

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