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

Issue 6 2015  •  17 December 2015  •  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…

The changing mobility landscape in Central and Eastern Europe

Issue 6 2015  •  17 December 2015  •  Artur Perchel, Manager, Central Eastern Europe at UITP

The urban mobility revival in Central and Eastern European (CEE) countries is hard to overlook. Fuelled by EU funds and evolving mobility patterns, the shift towards modern, low-carbon and customer-oriented collective transportation marches throughout the region. And although there is an array of challenges ahead, including dropping ridership levels or lower EU funds’ absorption rates, a number of key mobility trends should be recognised as critical for CEE’s success story. Artur Perchel, Manager, Central Eastern Europe at UITP, expands upon this point and its implications for the future of urban mobility in the region…

Acquisitions in Slovakia reinforce Arriva’s presence in Central and Eastern Europe

Industry news  •  3 August 2015  •  Katie Sadler, Digital Content Producer, Eurotransport

Arriva has announced further growth into the Central and Eastern Europe bus market with the acquisition of two operators in Slovakia.

Extending Prague’s metro line

Issue 6 2012  •  22 January 2013  •  Radek Hončl, Project Manager, Capital Projects Department, Prague Public Transport Company (DPP)

The west end of Prague’s metro line ‘A’ is being extended in a construction project estimated to cost CZK 21.13 billion (expected total capital cost including indexing). The section known as Metro Line V.A is located in the northwest of Prague and will run from Dejvická Station via four new stations: Červený Vrch (Bořislavka), Veleslavín, Petřiny and Motol. After several appeals against the building of the section were addressed, construction began in January 2010. Operation of the new section is expected to start in late-2014.

However, the project’s capital cost had to be reduced and so the general designer was asked to submit cost-cutting measures which were mainly applied to the construction of Petřiny Station.

For the first time in Prague’s metro system, single-track tunnels have been bored using Tunnel Boring Machine (TBM) technology and benefiting from the latest tunnelling machines. Station tunnels and two-track running tunnels are being built using the New Austrian Tunnelling Method (NATM) using access tunnels to transport all material.

The project also includes construction of three bus terminals for urban lines, and zoning and construction permit applications have been submitted for a Park & Ride facility to meet the aim of terminating surface transport further from the city centre.

Riga keeps on modernising public transport and electronic services

Issue 6 2012  •  22 January 2013  •  Leons Bemhens, Chairman of the Board, RP SIA Rīgas satiksme

During the last two years, Rīgas satiksme (the Riga public transport company) has continued its programme of significant changes by successfully developing the potential of electronic payment services, expanding the fleet of low-floor trams as well as achieving the best passenger satisfaction results in the last 14 years.

Riga keeps on developing electronic payments: On 1 May 2009, the Riga public transport company fully implemented a unified electronic payment system which enabled passengers to pay their fare electronically by means of e-tickets. The new payment system allows personification of customers with a much wider variety of tickets, as well as enabling payments via the internet. The implementation of the e-ticket resulted in new types of tickets, which immediately gained popularity among pass – engers (particularly those to be used for 10 or 20 trips). There is a wide range of e-tickets available to passengers: blue personalised and non-personalised plastic smartcards, yellow cardboard tickets, whose design is changed twice a year, and paper tickets sold by drivers, which are most frequently bought by nonfrequent public transport users and tourists. The latest version of the e-ticket, introduced on 21 November 2011, is valid for 50 trips. The ticket can be loaded onto blue (personalised and non-personalised) e-tickets.

Budapest’s new bus service framework

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.