Not just vehicle painting. Prague has approved a new visual form of public transport, it also deals with uniforms
Public transport will have the same form in the Central Bohemian Region.
The last vote awaits a two-year process of a new visual appearance of the common public transport system in Prague and the Central Bohemian Region. The final green graphic manual for Prague Integrated Transport (PID) was approved today by Prague councilors, and their Central Bohemian colleagues will take the same step on Thursday.
In addition to the uniform appearance of the vehicles, which has been discussed since last year’s presentation of the material, the logo of the entire system and other related unifying graphic elements will change, for example. Material prepared on the basis of winning the competition studio superlative.works.
“We will not incur any additional costs. The point is that all the means of transport that we will buy will be made directly by the manufacturers in a uniform design, “Said Adam Scheinherr, Prague’s deputy mayor and transport councilor. The only cost was less than two million for the design and manual. PID thus unexpectedly accelerated repainting, but years of gradual change of design to a new form. All newly ordered vehicles will now be demanded in color combinations of red and light gray with a vertical division of color bars.
The PID has previously described the change as a way “Present the public transport service as a modern, but above all understandable and interconnected system of the 21st century, to facilitate travel orientation so that passengers always find all the necessary information intuitively in the same or similar places, in all types of transport and regardless of the carrier”.
Until now, a different graphic manual applied to city bus lines in Prague and separately to buses in the Central Bohemian Region. So far, no unifying style has been used for trains, trams and subways.
“Gradually, the appearance of each bus, tram, train or metro will inevitably belong to one brand – ours, for which carriers run. Building a strong visual and especially a unified identity of public transport is not unusual. It is a brand like any other and a European metropolis with quality public transport follows this path – randomly yellow Berlin, red London or blue Stockholm,“Scheinherr added.”
T3 without new colors
The new design manual will be approved by Central Bohemian councilors on Thursday. In contrast to the previous government of the Central Bohemian Region, led by President Jaroslava Jermanová, there was a quick agreement between Prague and the new leadership on the final form. Its specific outputs will be fine-tuned and piloted later this year. It contains not only the new PID logo and the graphic outputs derived from it and the form of individual types of vehicles, but also the new logo of the ROPID and IDSK transport organizers, including, for example, the uniforms of their operating staff.
“In addition to the existing basic drawings of 20 types of vehicles, the remaining 50 types and subtypes will be added this year, including current models for the next planned purchases of new vehicles of this transport service. The finalized manual will then become a binding annex to the PID quality standards, which apply to all transport PIDs in Prague and the Central Bohemian Region, including upcoming competitions for new bus transport from 2024. trains and 3000 buses, trolleybuses are also being prepared,“Added by ROPID director Petr Tomčík.
The new graphic solution does not apply to the T3 tram and so far to some other types of vehicles for which the need for repainting is not expected in the foreseeable future (eg 15T type trams or M1 type metro).
The manual can be downloaded here.