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Modernization of the payment and check-in system for public transport passengers in České Budějovice

Registration Number: CZ.06.1.37/0.0/0.0/16_025/0001475

The main goal of the project is the modernization of the payment and check-in system at public transport stops within České Budějovice agglomeration. Existing outdated and automated ticket vending machines on the edge of life will be replaced by modern multifunctional terminals and vending machines (or a combination of both technologies), resulting in a substantial expansion and improvement of passenger services (cashless payments, expanded information, reservations, sales functions, etc.)..

Thanks to the project, the technical and functional parameters of the public transport payment and check-in system will be improved, which will be made more attractive and will expand the services provided by the public transport for the passengers in the capital city of the region. The new system will bring a number of new features, improve the existing payment and check-in options, and even offer traffic information services, reservation of tickets, pre-paid coupon, etc. At the same time, the system will allow for future connection to the city card system, electronic wallets, and will also allow better monitoring of the use of public transport, etc. The system will be interoperable with other similar systems used in other regions of the Czech Republic.

Thanks to the project, the use of the elements of modern telematics systems (ITS) in public transport will be enhanced to increase the user-friendliness of public transport services for all target groups (including, for example, people with disabilities or residents of socially excluded localities, commuters to work, schools and services in the city).


Purchase of 11 low-floor cyclic-charged electric buses in 2017

Registration Number: CZ.06.1.37/0.0/0.0/16_022/0001329

The main goal of the project is the development of environmentally friendly public transport, namely through the acquisition of 11 new electricity-powered (zero-emission) midibuses that will be used on two newly created public transport lines, which will ensure the accessibility in a number of important city targets and will significantly contribute to improving the transport organisation in the city with the preference of public transport.

One of the main benefits of the project in terms of improving the public transport relationship to the environment will be the fact that these are completely zero-emission vehicles. This means that there will be no increase in the emissions produced in the case of a relatively extensive spread of the city’s transport accessibility and of the public transport itself (it can be said that two new public transport lines will be created). On the contrary, thanks to the fact that the project will allow the elimination of one existing diesel bus and its replacement by a completely emission-free electric bus, overall emission production will be reduced.

Thanks to the extension of the number of public transport lines, which will be possible through the purchase of new electric buses, the transport accessibility of the city and its individual parts will be significantly strengthened. The public transport will newly connect localities of the city which have not yet been accessed by public transport – for example, a new park-and-ride in the Jírovcova area, the city centre including the square and the City Hall of České Budějovice or immediate connection of the area of ​​the České Budějovice hospital. There will be 12 new public transport stops accessed by these lines.

The project will also improve the possibilities for people with reduced mobility (whether it is a disabled person or a person with a pram). Thanks to the low floor, the space for these passengers in the vehicles and the equipment of the new midibuses with modern communication and information systems for passengers (including specialised systems for handicapped people), better use of public transport will be ensured for representatives of this target group.

Thanks to the project, the overall transport capacity of public transport will also increase.


PURCHASE OF 14 TROLLEYBUSES

At the end of June, another 5 new trolleybuses strengthened the public transport system in České Budějovice on the basis of the project “Purchase of 14 Trolleybuses”, implemented under ROP NUTS II Southwest, under Project Reg. Number CZ.1.14/1.3.00/07.02135. The purchase of new trolleybuses with subsidies under ROP NUTS II Southwest in the total amount of 119 million CZK is the largest investment in fleet modernization in recent years. New trolleybuses are less noisy and in particular provide greater comfort to passengers. All new vehicles will be gradually deployed on loaded backbone lines to increase the number of barrier-free connections.

The new trolleybuses will gradually replace the already existing Škoda 15Tr vehicles, which were acquired in the early 1990s and their maintenance costs have been recently increasing. Part of these 14 cars will be operating on Line 1 from the end of the next year, which will be converted into electric traction.

  • 1st stage of the project – purchase of 9 pieces of trolleybuses in 2011
  • 2nd stage of the project – purchase of 5 pieces of trolleybuses in 2012

The implementation of this project will save 178,149 km of bus traction travelled per calendar year. This results in the reduction in CO2 emissions by 169.09 tonnes/year and 3.36 tonnes/year of NOx emissions. Reduction of particulate matter and fly ash PM10 from diesel combustion by 0.105 tonnes per year. Reduction of carcinogenic hydrocarbon emissions by 0.103 tonnes per year. The energy input demand will be reduced by 1,161.89 GJ, i.e. 74.84% of the original energy demand. Diesel consumption will drop by 70,377 litres.


INFORMATION SYSTEM FOR PASSENGERS IN ČESKÉ BUDĚJOVICE

In mid-2009, the implementation of the project “Information System for Public Transport Passengers in České Budějovice” was initiated. The invested amount of approx. 28 million CZK was in part significantly funded from the European Union’s Structural Funds in the amount of 18.5 million CZK under the Regional Operational Programme NUTS II Southwest. The project is currently in common use.

A total of 70 outstanding public transport stops in the city centre are equipped with new bus stop poles with digital displays that show passengers, in addition to date and exact time, primarily current information on the actual arrival times of public transport by line. In addition to this basic information, other important information concerning public transport traffic, such as traffic complications, malfunctions, or information from the city’s emergency rescue system, can also be provided to the passengers on the displays. All these new stops are also equipped with a special device that allows the acoustic announcement of the arrival time of individual connections for blind or partially sighted citizens.

The system also includes several large-screen displays placed in transfer junctions, namely in DOC Mercury, KD Metropol and Čtyři Dvory Multifunctional Centre. In addition, modern information kiosks are installed for passengers, where they can find important information about the transport system in České Budějovice, timetables and connect to the website of the transport company, the City Authority of České Budějovice, the South Bohemian Region, etc. The kiosks are located in the centres of citizens’ movement, for example in DOC Mercury, Čtyři Dvory, in the City Hall or South Bohemian University.


MODERNIZATION OF THE PUBLIC TRANSPORT VEHICLE FLEET

Thanks to the joint project of the Statutory City of České Budějovice and the Transport Company, a large wave of modernization of the transport vehicle fleet was launched in 2005 by the purchase of 4 low-floor barrier-free buses Irisbus Citelis 18M and 2 low-floor barrier-free trolleybuses Škoda 25Tr Irisbus. This project was partly funded by the European Union’s Structural Funds in the amount of 51.15 million CZK.

Modern Iveco Citelis buses and Škoda 25Tr Irisbus trolleybuses have a common bodywork and interior design. In front of individual doors, the flat floor becomes spacious platforms that allow for faster boarding and exit of passengers. Thanks to the low-floor concept, the vehicles are very well accessible, which is particularly appreciated by people with reduced movement. Internal vehicle architecture is designed to allow passengers freedom of movement. Last but not least, the removal of internal stairs and elevations contributed to the increase of space for passengers. The vehicles are equipped with an access ramp for disabled passengers and a wheelchair space and a place for a guide dog.


TROLLEYBUS LINE VLTAVA ESTATE – ČESKÉ VRBNÉ IN ČESKÉ BUDĚJOVICE

In the period from 30 July 2007 to 15 December 2007, a new part of a trolleybus line long 1.9 km was built in the section between the Vltava housing estate and the turning loop in České Vrbné. The total investment in the construction of the new section amounted to 20 million CZK. Approximately 75% of this amount was funded from the European Union funds, and the remaining amount from the budget of the Statutory City of České Budějovice. The European Union has contributed to the implementation of the project through the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF). The ERDF provides contributions to reduce disparities between levels of development and the living standards of different regions and to reduce the degree of lagging behind of the most disadvantaged areas. The ERDF contributed to the project through the Operational Programme Infrastructure, the measures of which are aimed at supporting this type of projects. This measure is managed by the EU Funds Department of the Ministry of Transport as the Intermediate Body of the Operational Programme.

The reasons for the construction of the new trolleybus line mainly concerned ecological and capacity aspects. The introduction of the trolleybus traction in this section reduced the gaseous emissions and higher noise pollution from the operation of diesel vehicles. In view of the current intensive development of the business park between the Vltava estate and České Vrbné, a sufficient capacity was also built up for increased passenger transport requirements in the area.

 

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