Current and future position of public transport in the Czech Republic

22 January 2013  •  Author(s): Pavel DobeŇ°, Former Minister of Transport, Czech Republic

Urban public transport systems have a long tradition in the Czech Republic and are well-known operational networks, especially in our large cities. Public transport systems can currently be found in more than 100 different sized cities in the Czech Republic, ranging from our smallest where there is often only one bus line in operation; providing a link between the main residential areas of the city and places of basic services such as schools, offices, medical facilities, shops, etc., up to our large cities where bus networks operate along with trolleybus networks, trams and, in the case of Prague, metro networks.

Public transport in the Czech Republic is operated under the conditions of transportation companies which are set-up and owned by the cities. Although urban public transport development projects are extremely expensive, improvements in this area during the last 15 years have been significant. Of particular importance is the project to gradually replace all aging vehicles with new, modern and more environmentallyfriendly vehicles which meet the standards and requirements of passengers. Strong emphasis is placed on providing vehicles that can easily transport people with reduced mobility.

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