A stretch of the C-line of Prague’s metro will be out of operation
throughout the three-day weekend due to scheduled repair work on the
tracks, the Prague Transport Authority says on its web page.
Trains will not run between the stations Muzeum and Pražského povstání from early Saturday until late Monday night. A substitute bus service XC will be in place.
There will also be traffic restrictions on Čechův bridge and Libeň bridge.
More than a third of Prague car owners prefer to use public transport in
the city and only use their car for travelling outside the capital,
according to a survey carried out by the STEM / MARK agency for the
car-sharing company Anytime. They are mostly put off by parking problems
and the high costs of owning a car.
Around six percent of Prague drivers have already tried a car-sharing service, the survey suggests, and another 24 percent are considering it. There are currently several car-sharing companies operating in Prague, including Car4Way, Autonapůl and Anytime, which is one of the world’s largest providers of car-sharing.
The Prague transport authority has begun testing out hybrid buses produced
by the company Iveco. Trial usage of vehicles made by Solaris and Volvo
began at the end of last month. A representative of the transport authority
said the hybrid buses had so far shown savings of about one-quarter in
usage of diesel.
Prague gets between 100 and 120 new buses a year. From 2020 a significant portion of them should be hybrid vehicles. This is in part because the city has committed to halving its carbon emissions by 2030.
The Prague City Council decided on Monday to launch a geological survey for
Metro line D, which should connect the city centre with the southern
outskirts of the city. It is the first step in the construction of the
city’s long-planned fourth metro line.
The first phase of the project will involve the construction of a section between the current Pankrác station on line C and a new station in the Písnice district. Subsequently, the fourth line of the Prague Metro should extend from Pankrác to the Náměstí Míru station in the city centre.
Prague Mayor Zdeněk Hřib said that starting the geological survey for the metro line is one of the coalitions goals for the first half of this year.
Four seasonal ferries across the Vltava River, operated by the Prague
public transport system, are set to resume their operation on Saturday. The
ferry between the districts of Holešovice and Karlín has extended its
service and will now ferry passengers until 10 p.m.
There are currently eight ferry lines available in the capital, with three of them running throughout the year. The ferry services on the Berounka River between Černošice and Kazín will resume operation on June 1.
Prague City Council has agreed to introduce free public transport,
including trains, during smog alerts. The cost to the budget would be
approximately five million crowns per day.
In recent years, Prague City Hall has considered implement a range of regulations to be enforced during periods when the city is hit by particularly bad air pollution.
These include requiring factories to temporarily reduce output during periods of high smog barring trucks from entering the city.
After an absence of nearly 40 years, trams are set to again run up and down Prague’s Wenceslas Square. The city council have just approved a plan for a tram connection between existing tracks on Vinohradská Street and those crossing the lower half of the city’s main boulevard. If everything goes according to plan, trams could return to Wenceslas Square as soon as 2022.
Plans for constructing a fourth metro line in the Czech capital are nearly as old as Prague’s first metro station. Yet they have proceeded at a snail’s pace, with multiple delays. The recently elected mayor has pledged to begin construction during his time in office, but a recent review of old contracts threatens to slow progress again.
Services were temporarily interrupted on the A (green) line of the Prague
Metro system on Sunday morning after water seeped into the Bořislavka
station. The section of the line between the stations Náměstí Míru and
Petřiny was closed in both directions.
A spokesperson for the city’s transport authority said heavy equipment beneath the tunnel at Bořislavka had damaged it and caused the seepage.
The Prague Municipal Council has rejected a proposed discount on public
transport for students aged 15-26. The author of the proposal, Deputy Mayor
Petr Dolínek, suggested students be offered annual passes for 365 crowns,
roughly equivalent to 1.2 euros a month, to encourage them to use trams,
buses and the metro more often.
Other city councillors argued that Prague could ill afford losing an estimated 300 million crowns in annual revenue. As a compromise, students will be allowed to pay for annual passes, which as of January will cost 1,200 crowns, in monthly instalments.