Tramway and metro in Prague
Prague's public transport system is reliable, well developed, and adds a distinctive charm to the city
Prague has always been a pioneer in public transportation. Today the public transport system is reliable, well developed, and adds a distinctive charm to the city.
Public transportation has been a part of the city for over 140 years. The first tram made an appearance in Prague in 1875 as a horse-drawn rail carriage. The tram evolved to steam and gas powered until the electric tramway was constructed in 1898. The tram system was the one of the most developed in the early 20 th centuries in Europe.
In the 1950s, the city had significant traffic problems, and the tram system quickly extended the lines and increased the amount of trams. Today the Prague tramway consists of 141km of track, 26 lines during the day, and 9 nightlines.
The metro of Prague connects the city through three lines of underground transport. The idea of a metro in Prague was initiated 1898, and by 1918 the construction of a subway was agreed upon. In the 1930’s the city accepted bids for the construction and design. Most bids mirrored the Berlin subway, which had an underground and aerial section. None of bids were selected, and WWII further delayed construction.
Finally, in 1967 the city of Prague decided the construction of a subway system should not be postponed any longer, and ultimately decided on an underground-only design.
Czechoslovakia signed a treaty with the Soviet Union for construction, and in 1974 the first line of the metro (C-line) opened with 6.6 km of rails. Today that line is has 22.4 km. In 1978 the second line (A-line) opened, and by 1985 the final and longest line (B-line) was opened.
To read more on the history of the tramway and metro system in Prague, you can find the full article here.
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Night trams and buses to get new numbers by Raymond Johnston - Prague.TV (Foto: fotolia)
Integration of regional routes and new technology are causing the changes
Trams may come to main train station by Raymond Johnston - Prague.TV (Foto: fotolia)
Several plans look at ways to improve getting out of Hlavní nádraží
Parking zones to expand this year by Raymond Johnston - Prague.TV (Foto: fotolia)
While zones have helped parking in some areas, others are now more congested
Metro service to see some improvements by Raymond Johnston - Prague.TV (Foto: fotolia)
There will be shorter waits at some times, but there is a lack of vehicles
Tunnel closures planned for Ring Road by Raymond Johnston - Prague.TV (Foto: fotolia)
Two tunnels will be closed on separate weekends for technical workplace
Prague 7 reduces speed limit by Raymond Johnston - Prague.TV (Foto: fotolia)
A large part of the district will see cars going slower for safety
Prague plans more bus lanes by Raymond Johnston - Prague.TV (Foto: Praha.eu)
New lanes should make buses faster in congested areas
New rules apply for suburban train travel by Raymond Johnston - Prague.TV (Foto: České dráhy FB)
The way prices will be calculated on some lines has changed
Historic trams to run on 23 line by Raymond Johnston - Prague.TV (Foto: prazsketramvaje.cz)
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Metro could go to Jesenice by Raymond Johnston - Prague.TV (Foto: novemetro.cz)
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