Prague 6 is asking for more low-floor trams on its territory. We have a lot of seniors, he explains
Low-floor tram Škoda 15T ForCity. Photo: Jan Puci
Prague 6 is asking the Prague Transport Company (DPP) to include new low-floor and air-conditioned trams in the depot in Vokovice. Ondřej Matěj Hrubeš (ODS), Prague 6 councilor for transport, requested this step in the form of the letter, which is addressed to the management of the transport company.
According to the data of the Czech Statistical Office, Prague 6 has the second highest proportion of residents over 65 years of age (21.6 percent) of all urban districts in Prague.
“Seniors and people who have difficulty moving due to health reasons would be greatly helped by the extension of low-floor tram lines. Whether traveling to see a doctor or to go shopping, which is a routine matter for many of us, but not for our older fellow citizens,” said Ondřej Matěj Hrubeš.
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“Sestka is also a place to live for many young families. Mothers with prams or small children can certainly ensure the comfort that a modern low-floor tram can provide when traveling in public transport,” he continued.
Councilor Hrubeš therefore wrote a letter to the management of the Prague transport company, specifically to the CEO Petr Witowski and the technical director for surface transport Jan Šurovský. He personally delivered the letter to the second named.
With regard to the transport company’s intention to purchase new low-floor and trams, councilor Hrubeš said that these newest cars would be included in the rolling stock and thus cover Prague 6.
According to Hrubeš, currently some tram lines that pass through Prague 6 lack a guarantee from the transport company that the majority of low-floor connections will be used. For example, on line 26, less than half of the guaranteed low-floor connections run during the afternoon rush hour, and on line 22 the same applies throughout the working day.
“We would like to ensure that low-floor trams serve Prague 6 more often, have sufficient equipment, are air-conditioned and clean. Out of a total of 93 tram cars in the Vokovice depot, only fifteen are equipped with air conditioning, that should change,” said councilor Hrubeš.
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According to him, an increase in the number of low-floor connections is also desirable due to the new tram lines. A new tram connection between Divoka Šárka and the Dědina estate is currently being implemented, the Nádraží Podbaba – Suchdol tram line is in the planning phase, and Prague 6 also long-term demands to build a tram route from Malovanka to Strahov around the capital.
The server Pražský patriot approached the DPP to comment on the request of the sixth district, however, he has not yet responded to the questions.