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Old September 27th, 2018, 04:43 PM   #341
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Project of ropeway is moving forward:

Planned 3S gondola lift has to connect Podbaba (change to trams, buses and S trains, also P+R planned) with ZOO and Krakov in Bohnice. This would allow to shorten travel time between Dejvice and Bohnice from 45 to 21 minutes. Completed can be in 2023/24, estimated costs are CZK 1 - 1.5 billion. Cabins may run every 60 seconds (capacity 4000 pax. per hour), travel time would be 7 minutes.

Now, project need to be approved by city council and only then it can be added to general city plan (that is necessary for preparing of documentation for building permits). In the future, there is also a possibility of extending current tram line from Podbaba to Bohnice through new tunnel under Vltava.

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In the new rail 2018/19 timetable starting at 9th December, there will be significant increase of trains, within Prague borders 8 % and in surrounding Central Bohemian Region 4,8 %, which will mean reducing of intervals especially in peak hours. In some cases capacity of trains will be doubled (S7 line).
(More in czech) https://pid.cz/nove-spesne-vlaky-ben...nky-hostivare/

Earlier since September 2018, metro intervals on weekends were reduced from 7,5 minutes on line B and C to 6 minutes and 5 minutes respectively, in off-peak hours from 10 minutes to 7,5 inutes. Also every train is going up to terminus station on all lines now.

Prague is also planning major expansion "offensive" of its tram network in coming years. After 15+ years of stagnation, new tracks will be built mainly in outskirts, currently dependend only on bus service. Also important tangential connections will be built including two new bridges crossing the Vltava river. In the city centre some earlier abandoned tram tracks (after completion of metro in 70's and 80's) will be reestablished, giving badly needed capacity to the whole tram network. So after 40+ years, trams will come back to Wenceslas square and Main railway station.


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Old January 29th, 2019, 06:25 PM   #343
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City council has yesterday finally decidedabout construction of tram line on Wenceslas Square (Václavské náměstí), which is to connect current lines on Vinohradská and Vodičkova/Jindřišská streets. Project with final tracing will be elaborated during this year, start of the construction is planned for 2021, completing in 2022.

This tram line, built previously in 1884, was abolished in 1980 after opening A metro line in 1978.

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IPR (City institute for planning and development) completed final strategy for development of railway network in the future. Electrification and double-tracking of lines, as well as new stops are planned. However, the biggest project is "Metro S" - construction of new tunnels under the historical center of the city, which will allow segregation of long-distance trains and improving of train connections in city core. Document also reflects proposed HSR lines in area.

Strategy (in Czech): www.iprpraha.cz/uploads/assets/dokumenty/infr/strategie_rozvoje_prazske_metropolitni_zeleznice_.pdf

Scheme (red: new line or modernization) - better resolution in the PDF file above
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Old January 29th, 2019, 06:37 PM   #344
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Another tram line in preparation - environmental impact assessment for construction of 5.5 km long line to Zdiby (village 9 km to the north of the city cinter) is already in progress. Project contains i.a. viaduct over D8 highway and two new P+R for total 1260 cars. Estimated costs are CZK 2 billions, completing will be in 2023.


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Old February 5th, 2019, 04:56 PM   #345
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Two generations of ForCity Alfa. Photo: Jan Sůra via Zdopravy.cz


Today, the last remaining new tram has arrived to Prague and so the fleet of all 250 Škoda ForCity Alfa trams is complete.

Story behind these trams is tricky and non-transparent at all - tender for purchasing them was announced in 2005 and Škoda was the only bidder there. The order contained supplying of 20 vehicles and option for up to 230 more. However, this option had been applied immediately when the contract had been signed, 3 years before the first tram was produced. Whole contract costed about CZK 17 billions.

First prototype has been revealed in April 2008 (but officialy delivered to DPP in January 2011) and so ForCity Alfa became not only the first 100% low floor tram with pivoting bogies in the world, but also one of the most expensive new trams. They're 31.4 m long, 2.5 m wide and have capacity of 180 passengers (61 seating).

First years of operating them weren't easy and included many problems with brakes and abrasion of wheels. For example, in summer of 2018, 50 trams were out of service due to repairs.

In 2015, after 125 vehicles delivered, facelifted version has been revealed. Completely changed has been front of the tram, livery and passenger seats, air condition and wifi has been added (but soon, air condition will be installed also in first 125 trams).

For now, there are no more concrete plans of replacing tram rolling stock. However, current strategy in the city is, that all public transport will be low floor accesible until 2025.


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Old February 16th, 2019, 10:55 PM   #346
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Old March 11th, 2019, 09:54 PM   #347
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Photo: Škoda

To the new contract with ČD about operating of suburban S-train routes, Prague wants to include purchasing of 56 new high capacity EMUs. These will be necessary for the lines to Beroun and Benešov, where offered capacity can't meet the demand of the passengers. Current trainsets formed of the 2 EMUs with total length 158 m and capacity 620 seating have to be replaced by new ones 200 m long and offering space for 800 seating passengers. The first couple of new double-decker units has to be delivered until 2023.

Also current CityElefant EMUs from Škoda will undergo some changes - 17 oldest of them will be modernized, some others will be lengthened by additional one car. There is also a plan to relocate some Elefants to the Prague from Ostrava region, where they will be replaced by new, one-deck units.

https://zdopravy.cz/praha-chce-kapac...hybridy-25025/


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Project of the new tram line from Na Pankráci street to Budějovická metro station is moving forward - the city council has approved shortened process of the construction preparation. The 1,5 km long branch will include three new stops (Pankrác, Zelená Liška and Budějovická) and in the future will become a part of the "Southern tram tangent". Estimated costs are CZK 704 millions, start of the construction is planned for 2023.


(black: current tram lines, red: new line, grey: proposed Southern tram tangent)
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Old March 11th, 2019, 10:58 PM   #348
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Project of the new tram line from Na Pankráci street to Budějovická metro station is moving forward - the city council has approved shortened process of the construction preparation. The 1,5 km long branch will include three new stops (Pankrác, Zelená Liška and Budějovická) and in the future will become a part of the "Southern tram tangent". Estimated costs are CZK 704 millions, start of the construction is planned for 2023.
Why wait until 2023 ? In Prague it seem anything is scheduled many years in advance... and it doesn't make much sense...

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Why wait until 2023 ? In Prague it seem anything is scheduled many years in advance... and it doesn't make much sense...
It's national tradition Really, average time of just preparing an infrastructure project (not including construction) in Czechia is 13 (!) years.

In this case, detailed study of the line has to be done first (for example, it will be quite a problem to find a space for the tram loop there) and only then it can undergo all the necessary processes like enviromental impact assessment. And be sure, that there will be a plenty of residents who will agree neither with a tram itself (cause it makes a noise!), nor with abolishing the parking lots (except the tram line, also new bike lanes are to be created). So even the date 2023 is really optimistic.
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The Skoda 15T is almost silent, people cannot complain about that! Parking lots - bad luck. I can see that they will have quite a problem with the loop, but it is possible with lateral thinking.
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Old March 20th, 2019, 10:56 PM   #351
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Launching a "request mode" at all bus stops

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From 1 July, ROPID (Prague's integrated public transport coordinator) plans to change status of all 2342 bus stops in Prague request. Currently, only 60% of the stops work in this mode, at the others bus always has to stop and open the doors, even when nobody's getting on/off. This slows down the traffic, causes additional noise and increases expenses - ROPID estimates, that the new proceeding will save about CZK 5 millions every year.

What does it mean for passengers? When you want to get on the bus, you just need to stay at the stop the way that the bus driver can see you, no waving is needed. When getting of, it's necessary indicate it by pressing one of the 'Stop' or 'Open the door' buttons.
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Old March 28th, 2019, 07:42 PM   #352
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First articulated trolleybus in Prague ever - during next three weeks, the city will test on route 58 trolleybus of type Škoda 27 Tr borrowed from Pilsen:







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Old May 10th, 2019, 06:52 PM   #353
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The city council is considering another new tram line - the branch from current stop Malovanka to Strahov Stadium. Line with length 1.3 km will include two stops, estimated costs are CZK 660 million. Construction is supposed to start in 2023.



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This week, city council has approved processing of feasibilty study for the "water tram" project. Plan is to launch 3 new boat routes on Vltava river, as an addition to already operated ferries P1 - P7.

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Is there much activity at Strahov Stadium nowadays to warrant a tramline?
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Is there much activity at Strahov Stadium nowadays to warrant a tramline?
The main purpose is to serve a dormitory located next to the stadium (Koleje Strahov), where about 5,000 students are living. After the line is completed, there will be no need to operate direct bus from Strahov to university campus in Dejvice - it can be done with just tram. Also, there's an effort to calm traffic on Vítězné Square, where these buses are running through.
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I know Victory Square quite well. It's actually my favorite place for nights' stay in Prague. Multiple hospitality businesses side by side, an acceptable yet inexpensive hotel occuping a quarter of the rotunda's edges and of course direct access to Dejvicka metro station. But it's true that you can feel kind of lost in there when you try to reach the metro station and walk along the, let's say, empty part of the rotunda.
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On 20 June officially starts construction of line D of Prague Metro. In the first phase that costs CZK 1.6 billion, geological survey will be carried out, including digging of exploration shafts. These will be later used as metro tunnels. Construction of stations is to start in summer 2020.

Estimated costs of the whole section between stations Pankrác and Depo Písnice is CZK 72 billion, completed will be in 2027.

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On 20 June officially starts construction of line D of Prague Metro. In the first phase that costs CZK 1.6 billion, geological survey will be carried out, including digging of exploration shafts. These will be later used as metro tunnels. Construction of stations is to start in summer 2020.

Estimated costs of the whole section between stations Pankrác and Depo Písnice is CZK 72 billion, completed will be in 2027.

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The article says it is expected the construction of the first phase will be the whole section from Pankrác to Depo Písnice (that means the plans of building a shorter section first are discarded). However the article also says only 5 stations are expected to be built and the construction of the remaining 3 stations will be postponed. I can't find anyway a list of those postponed stations. Do you know them?

If I get it right, it is planned that the metro line will basically pass under the whole densely populated suburb with no station and skip to the Depo Písnice terminus. The rest of stations on the line will be opened later.
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The article says it is expected the construction of the first phase will be the whole section from Pankrác to Depo Písnice (that means the plans of building a shorter section first are discarded). However the article also says only 5 stations are expected to be built and the construction of the remaining 3 stations will be postponed. I can't find anyway a list of those postponed stations. Do you know them?

If I get it right, it is planned that the metro line will basically pass under the whole densely populated suburb with no station and skip to the Depo Písnice terminus. The rest of stations on the line will be opened later.
Construction will start now just at the part Pankrác - Olbrachtova, works are supposed to take 7.5 years. Following phase to Nové Dvory needs only 5.5 years, so even when the works will start later, both sections can be opened in December 2027/January 2028.
A problem with the section incl. Libuš, Písnice and Depo Písnice is, that the city still doesn't own all the necessary lands (hope this will be solved soon). However, as the start of the construction is officially estimated for 2024 and will take only 3.5 years, it will be still possible to open the line with 8 stations in 2027/8.

You can find more info here: http://zastupitelstvo.praha.eu/ina20...ookieSupport=1

Now, the biggest problem IMO is, that an extension from Pankrác to Náměstí Míru is supposed to open only in 2029 and until that, Metro D will be just a feeder to already overcrowded line C...

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Great news! What are the final parameters for the new line? Same car sizes like lines A, B and C, but only 4 car trains? Will the new trains use overhead catenary or third rail?
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