Metro C to be interrupted over Easter weekend

The four-day weekend will be used for track work on much of the red line

If you plan on using the metro during the long Easter weekend, the Easter Bunny has a surprise for you. Service is going to be interrupted for part of the Metro C line, and finding alternatives will be a bit of an ad-hoc Easter egg hunt.

The Prague Public Transit Company (DPP), though, has special buses and extended tram service planned so the inconvenience should be minimized.

Metro train service on the C line, or red line, between Nádraží Holešovice and Pražského povstání will be interrupted in both directions from Friday, April 14, to Monday, April 17, for track replacement and modification. Both Friday and Monday are national holidays for Easter.

There will be a substitute XC bus traveling along a route that includes Nádraží Holešovice, Vltavská, Florenc, Hlavní nádraží, Muzeum, I. P. Pavlova, Vyšehrad and Pražského povstání.

The new tram line 36 will also cover part of the route along Bílá labuť, Náměstí Republiky, Dlouhá třída, Strossmayerovo náměstí, Výstaviště Holešovice and Nádraží Holešovice. Tram line 17 will be lengthened to go from Výstaviště Holešovice to Vozovna Kobylisy. Tram line 6 also covers part of the interrupted route from I. P. Pavlova to Nádraží Holešovice, and the capacity of the route will be increased.

Bus lines 118, 196 and 213 will see their capacity increased. Bus lines 134, 135 and 201 will see some changes to their stops to make transfers more convenient.

There will be information in metro stops concerning the closure as of Wednesday, April 12, and during the interruption workers with reflective vests will be giving out information and helping people find alternative routes.

The work will see nearly three kilometers of track replaced as well as four crossover points. Some 200 tons of gravel bedding will be replaced. DPP director Ladislav Urbánek said the long Easter weekend was chosen so the fewest number of people would be inconvenienced. Easter traditionally has a drop in transit usage. Good Friday became a national holiday only in 2016, while Easter Monday has long been a day off. This year will just be the second with a four-day weekend for Easter.

There are now 13 official public holidays each year, although the Czech Republic does not move the ones that fall on a Saturday or Sunday to the closest Monday as is the practice in some countries, so most years have fewer than the maximum.

For more about the metro C closure, visit: (CZ)

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