Transportation passes may be expanded to suburbs

Prague public transportation cards could become valid beyond the city limits

Prague is looking at expanding the validity of the annual public transportation coupon to the Prague East and Prague West districts of Central Bohemia. This would include the Lítačka and OpenCard passes. The annual coupon currently costs Kč 3,650 and is valid only within the city limits. To take public transportation beyond the city limits, people currently have to pay an additional fee based on a zone system.

Prague Deputy Mayor Petr Dolínek (ČSSD) said that an analysis will show if the move would benefit the city. The costs also need to be examined, as the city would need to allocate funds to subsidize the extended service.

A study document will be prepared by mass transit coordinator Ropid and should determine how many automobile drivers would switch to using public transportation if it was made more accessible. The study would also look at ways of streamlining public transportation and better coordinating it so it has better capacity and punctuality to meet the needs of suburban users. Vojtěch Novotný from Ropid said the most important thing was to make public transportation more attractive to people who commute to Prague. 

The price of an annual transportation coupon in Prague was greatly reduced in 2015 to encourage people to use public transportation more often.
Ropid is an acronym for the regional organizer of Prague's integrated transportation (Pražská integrovaná doprava, PID). It was established in 1993 to develop and maintain public transportation in and around Prague.

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