Tram routes to see large changes
New lines will be introduced and others will see route alterations
Trams routes in Prague will undergo a big overhaul as of Aug. 28. Some nine lines will have route changes while three new lines will be introduced. A dozen lines will remain unchanged.
The lines with changes are 4, 5, 6, 12, 14, 18, 20, 24 and 25. The new lines are 2, 15 and 21. The unchanged lines are 1, 3, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 13, 16, 17, 22 and 26. In total there will be 24 lines (with no trams designated for lines 19 and 24).
Tram line 2 will go from Sídliště Petřiny to Nádraží Braník via Hradčanská, Staroměstská and Karlovo náměstí. Line 15 will go from Kotlářka to Olšanské hřbitovy via Anděl, Náměstí Republiky and Hlavní nádraží. Line No. 21 will run only during workday rush hours between Kotlářka and Sídliště Modřany/Levského via Palackého náměstí and Nádraží Braník.
From Aug. 25, the Prague Transportation Company (DPP) will have people at major tram stops to explain the route changes. People will also be deployed Sept. 1 when school starts and Sept. 5, the first Monday after the holidays.
The city administration hopes to avoid the criticism that accompanied the last wide-scale change in routes, which took place in 2012. This time, the city sought input from the public by conducting surveys and collecting comments, which were used in determining the route changes.
Prague Deputy Mayor Petr Dolínek (ČSSD), in charge of transportation, said the changes were due to some lines becoming overloaded. At the same time, the introduction of four new metro stops on the A line has reduced the need for trams in some areas now served by trains.
The backbone of the system will be lines 9, 17 and 22, which run more frequently than other lines. Tram line 3 will also now run at increased intervals.
The increased tram lines, which will cost some Kč 130 million more per year, go hand-in-hand with plans to increase the number of paid parking spots and reduce areas of free parking. “It is essential that we offer strong and high quality public transportation,” Dolínek said.
The current Prague public transportation system has its roots in the late 19th century. In 1897 the city's electric company began buying up horse-drawn carriage routes and began to electrify them. By 1907, the utility had bought up all the independent lines and created a monopoly on public transport. After 1946, the transportation part of the then-unified utility company was spun off. It was re-organized several times in the communist era. In 1991 the Prague Public Transit Company became a joint-stock company.
The first horse-drawn tram was from the National Theatre to Karlín in 1875. The first electric tram route was at Letná in 1891.
Information about the route changes can be found in English here: www.dpp.cz
A PDF file of the new route plan can be downloaded here: www.dpp.cz
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