Prague metro waits will shorten

The city approved changes to the metro schedule

The wait between metro trains in Prague will get shorter on weekends. The Prague City Council approved changes to the metro operation.

The three metro lines will have different intervals according to the number of passengers and the connections to surface transport.

The city is also canceling the shortened routes on Metro C, where every other train between 9 am and 7 pm ends at Ládví instead of Letňany.

Long intervals between trains leads to overcrowding and causes capacity problems on trams and buses that connect with the metro.

On Sundays and public holidays between 10 am and 1 pm the metro now runs every 10 minutes. The interval will be reduced to 7.5 minutes as of September.

On Saturdays from 9 am to 8 pm and on Sundays and public holidays from 1 pm to 8 pm, the intervals will be different for each line.

Line A remains the same, at 7.5 minutes. According to the Prague Public Transit Company (DPP), the line carries the lowest number of passengers.

Line B line will be shortened to six minutes and Line C, the busiest, will be five minutes.

Making all of the intervals the same would not be economical or efficient, according to the DPP. If passenger numbers increase, then the idea could be reconsidered.

The City Council also approved having all metro Line C trains go to Letňany. Having half of them stop at Ládví has caused congestion in the city center because people going to Střížkov, Prosek and Letňany prefer to wait for a direct train.

Both measures will be paid for from the city budget. Strengthening the metro over the weekend will be Kč 29 million this year and Kč 82.6 million year-round. Unifying the stops on the Line C will cost Kč 16 million for this year and for the whole year Kč 47.3 million. In total, both measures will cost out for about Kč 130 million per year.

The Prague metro began operation in 1974 and now has three lines with 61 stations. It currently has a transit network 65.2 kilometers long.

The changes come ahead of municipal elections, planned for Oct. 10 and 11, 2018. 

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