Prague plans 30 new tram tracks

The city approved a plan to expand public transportation

Prague's tram network should be extended by 30 new tracks. City Hall approved a plan from the Prague Public Transit Company (DPP) on Tuesday.

The tracks won't all be built at once. The first three lines will be built within five years, and another 16 by 2030. The remaining 11 tracks are planned in the long run.

The city seeks to increase public transportation, especially trams and electric buses, while reducing car traffic and fossil fuel powered buses.

On the basis of the approved document, the Prague Institute of Planning and Development (IPR), DPP and the Prague transport operator ROPID will now work together to create a more detailed plan.

“We will first determine which lines are most needed in order to start,” IPR director Ondřej Boháč told the media.

The approved strategy creates three categories. The first group includes projects at an advanced stage of preparation. This includes a 2.4 km extension from Divoká Šárka to Dědina, which should cost Kč 893.2 million. The second route is a 1.9-kilometer-long stretch from Barrandov to Slivenec for Kč 691.1 million. The last of the three is the extension of the route from Modřany to Libuš near the planned new metro station on the D line. The extension is 2.1 km and costs Kč 500 million. Within several years, tram loops should be created at Depot Hostivař and in Zahradní Město.

The second group includes 16 tracks that should start building by 2030. The longest in this group is the route from Choceradská via Chodovec and Opatov to Háje with the final stop in Jižní Město, which measures 6.1 kilometers.

The final group has 11 plans that the city intends to incorporate into the territorial documentation by 2030. These include a tram extension in the Záběhlická-Bohdalec-Eden-Vrsovická section, a link between Podbaba and the Prague Zoo and the track from Modřany to Komořany.

There are 142.4 km of tram tracks in Prague, with about 52 percent of the tracks running isolated. The rest run along the roads together with the cars. Trams in Prague carry over 360 million passengers a year. There are more than 930 trams and over 20 daytime routes. Prague's first horsecar tram line opened in 1875, and the first electric tram was in 1891.

Recent innovations on the trams include WiFi on some newer models and in tram stops. The WiFi at tram stops is sponsored by advertising firm JCDecaux.

Trams were also recently renumbered, with night trams shifting from being in the 50s to now being in the 90s.

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