/INTERVIEW/ Since July 12, ČSAD STTRANS Strakonice no longer provides regular bus transport. In connection with this, there were also conjectures about what was happening in this transport company. For example, about the cancellation of lines to Prague. “It’s not true in any case,” says its director Vladimír Warisch.
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It is rumored that ČSAD STTRANS is planning to cancel the Strakonice – Prague bus lines due to increased competition. Is it true?
Vladimir Warisch.definitely not. It’s a rumor. Both REGIO JET and FLIXBUS tried to operate the Prague – Strakonice line, but both carriers eventually left the line. So, if we have withstood this great competition, I hope that we will also be able to withstand the others.
How many lines (connections) are there now to Prague and what is the fare?
The fare is 120 crowns and on weekdays we travel 6 times a day to Prague and 6 times from Prague. Since September, we have increased the frequency of connections.
Eighteen thousand crowns. This is the price of administering one anti-covid drug
Today’s topic is above all the huge increase in energy prices. Does the company somehow accommodate its employees with various bonuses following the increase in energy prices? For example, a one-time financial reward?
Employees have a special annual bonus for vacation and non-medical facility services. We are not considering a special energy contribution. We prefer to go the route of increasing wages.
Are you planning any cost-saving measures as a company due to higher energy prices? And if so, which one?
We have savings plans. We implemented the first photovoltaic power plant (PVE) in 2014, the next in 2018, and since June we have received a subsidy for two more. Even without them, we consume approximately 90 percent of the energy produced in the PV plant ourselves. Operations run during the day when there is plenty of sunshine. We want to use the new FVE with battery storage for the night lighting of the Transport Terminal.