Prašný most garage ready to open

The garage was built in construction pit from the Blanka Tunnel complex

The underground parking garage at Prašný most in Prague 6 has been certified for use. The city expects the start of public traffic in May following the conclusion of a lease agreement between the capital and the Prague 6 district. The garage will be operated by Prague 6's property management company SNEO.

The garage is located in the Prague Castle area at one of the entrances to the Blanka Tunnel complex. It should help to alleviate some of the parking problems in the northern half of the city, as parking zones have left few spots for commuters, and residents also complain that even with reserved parking zones there are not enough spaces.

The total capacity of the three-story underground garage is 370 passenger cars and 26 motorcycles. The garage was created as an alternative use for a construction pit made during the building of the Brusnický Tunnel, one of three sections of the Blanka Tunnel.

The garage has air conditioning, modern dispatching equipment, and a control system that functions independently of the Blanka Tunnel complex technology.

The third underground floor with the largest capacity is designated for the residents of Prague 6. It has 144 parking spaces for cars and 11 for motorcycles. The price of the residential stalls was set by the city at Kč 800 per month, according to the City Hall website.

The second underground floor is for short-term parking by non-residents of Prague 6. It has 129 passenger cars and nine motorcycles. This level, due to the sloping of the terrain above the garage, has barrier-free access from the atrium of the underpass at Milady Horákové street. Eight spaces near the exit to the street are reserved for the disabled.

The first underground floor has a capacity of 97 car stalls and six for motorcycles is designed for long-term parking for non-residents of Prague 6, such as commuters who drive to the city and either work in Prague 6 or take public transportation into the city center, where parking is even more difficult.

There are also two recharging stations for electric automobiles on each floor.

The city has been trying various methods to solve the parking situation in the city. Districts have increasingly turned to parking zones to ensure that residents have places to park while leaving some spots for visitors. The city has also been constructing Park + Ride lots near public transit hubs and short-term “kiss and ride” parking lots for brief stops.

In the long term, though, the city wants to reduce car traffic in the city by encouraging the use of public transit and by increasing use of alternatives such as bicycles and bike sharing projects. Automobile traffic in the city lowers the air quality and in the winter leads to smog alerts. 

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