Three new tram lines should launch by 2021

The planned lines would make it easier to get to the outskirts of the city

Three new tram lines are planned for the coming years, but the Prague Public Transport Company (DPP) will have to intensify its efforts at project preparation if it intends to get a zoning decision this year for all of them.

The potential new lines are Barrandov – Slivenec, Modřany – Libuš, and Divoká Šárka – Dědinská. The announced date for starting service on the lines is 2020 or '21.

The projects are in different stages, DPP spokeswoman Aneta Řehková told daily Pražský deník. The first has a zoning decision, the second has started the process and the third is about to begin.

The application for Divoká Šárka to Dědinská line was delayed due to a change in the hygiene law concerning noise pollution, and the issue of whether rules for trains also covered trams. Resolving the issue took several months. Řehková said the DPP still hopes to get the zoning decision this year. The timing of the decisions is important because subsidies depend on them.

The planned Barrandov – Slivenec line is 1.5 kilometers and has three pairs of stops. Modřany – Libuš should be 1.9 kilometers and have four pairs of stops. Divoká Šárka – Dědinská would run 2.3 kilometers and have five pairs of stops. Public transportation in these areas is currently provided by buses.

But zoning permission isn't the only issue. In Barrandov and Libuš the DPP is still negotiating for land, but the situation is not as difficult as it is with the Metro D line, where obtaining land for stations has proved to be a significant problem.

One plan for the Metro D line is to skip construction on some of the planned metro stops until the land is acquired, and open the line with just a few stations that have long gaps in between.

The DPP also plans to build two loops for trams to change directions. These loops would be at Zahradní Město, where a metro stop is planned, and at the existing Depo Hostivař metro stop.

The total cost for the three tram lines and two loops is estimated at Kč 2.3 billion.

Another tram line from Dejvice to Suchdol is being considered, but it is in a much earlier stage. The concept for the line will be included in a long-term plan for transportation that goes up the year 2030. There are also technical challenges as the route is too steep for a tram. Plans for a new housing development in the area already count on the line and have set aside space for the tracks and stops.

Prague 6 favors the construction of the line as it would reduce buses, which crowd that district's streets and are less efficient and more polluting than trams.

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