In Prague, another part of the replacement of public transport stops is coming to an end, it should be finished by the deadline
The existing shelters are owned by JCDecaux, whose contract with the city ended in the middle of last year. In total, the municipality will replace the furniture at 690 stops, which is the majority of stops in the metropolis. According to Jílek, it will be ready in the middle of next year.
“We are basically going according to plan, the deadline of June 30 next year is not in jeopardy,” said Jílek. He added that now in the fall, THMP will catch up with some of the delays that started last year, so the overall project schedule is according to the agreement with JCDecaux.
At the same time, according to the director, she still hasn’t removed dozens of freestanding advertising spaces, which she should have removed according to the agreement.
The city is still deciding who will organize the competition for the company that will operate the advertising areas at the bus stops. Jílek stated that THMP had already delivered the cities a draft of the material that would solve this. “At this moment, the press that imposes THMP is to start the preparation of the tender conditions with the assumption that the tender will be issued in the first quarter of next year,” he said. He added that with regard to the elections, the decision will either be on the current line during the transitional period, or on the new one.
Actor Jan Vondráček will narrate the stops in Prague public transport
However, according to Jílek, the city should not postpone the decision any longer, because the absence of advertising on the new furniture means it is losing profits unnecessarily, and the situation will be further complicated by the installation of digital panels at some stops, which will begin in the near future.
While it can now use at least the municipality for promotional purposes, in the case of digital panels, it will not have enough content for the screen to play. According to earlier information, the panels will be at about 150 stops.
Most of the shelters at bus stops in the capital have been operated by the French company JCDecaux, whose contract ended in the middle of last year. The city management decided not to extend it or to look for another private operator and to purchase its own mobile operator.
The exchange began late last year. The shape of the new stops was chosen by Prague in 2018 in a design competition in which the Olgoj Chorchoj studio was successful. At that time, the jury particularly appreciated the design purity of the dark gray aluminum furniture.