Public transportation back to normal

Trams, buses and the metro were on a reduced schedule due to lack of drivers

Public transportation in Prague should finally be returning to normal as of Jan. 15. The transport operator Ropid had to reduce service in the first two week of January due to a lack of drivers for buses, trams and metro trains.

The waiting time for public transportation increased by about two minutes, mostly at peak times on working days. No lines were canceled or redirected. Ropid says that the number of passengers is low at the start of January.

The amount of planned overtime had already been reached during the time leading up to New Year’s Eve, with most drivers at the allowed limit.

Due to the low unemployment in the Czech Republic, the transit operator has been having a difficult time filling positions for drivers. Unemployment in the Czech Republic is the lowest in the EU, at 2.5 percent in November.

Ropid would like to have several hundred more drivers so that there will be less need for overtime and it will be easier for drivers to get vacation time. The additional drivers will mean that full service can be provided at times when there is high demand for transportation but some drivers are on vacation.

The return to the normal schedule will reduce waiting times, but there are still some ongoing inconveniences.

The Muzeum metro stop on the A line will be closed toward the Nemocnice Motol station until May 20. Riders headed in that direction who want to transfer to the C-line will have to go to Můstek and come back one stop.

The main entrance to the Anděl metro stop at Plzeňská Street remains closed until June 2018.

During the time the main entrance is closed, the station will still be accessible from the bus station at Na Knížecí, approximately 300 meters away. Several buses and trams go from Na Knížecí or nearby to the intersection of Plzeňská Street at Nádražní or Stroupežnického Streets.

Repairs are taking place at Náměstí Republiky on the B line. Escalators are closed toward the square, and the station will be accessible from Masarykovo nádraží. Work should last until August.

There is also some good news for suburban commuters. As of Feb. 4, Prague Integrated Transit (PID) will extend its service to Beroun and further west with another 39 stops in the zone 7 tariff.

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