České Budějovice Public Transport Master Plan was created as a complex material that has been absent in the South Bohemian metropolis. The aim is to evaluate public transport from the user point of view and to project it into operating background as well as real economic possibilities of the operator. The Master Plan is focused on the medium-term outlook for urban public transport development, starting with short-term measures to optimise traffic and up to impulses for the preparation of a new city plan.
The Master Plan draws on a number of input data that provide a sufficient basis for the formulation of the strategy of the upcoming ten-year period. Many of them are related to the Integrated Transport Organisation Plan prepared for the Statutory City of České Budějovice. A significant entry into the analytical part are surveys of occupancy and delays of connections and transport relations in the public transport network.
The proposed measures aim to respect the users and their priorities. The transport company can meet their requirements by own means, such as well traceable public transport lines, sophisticated timetables, ecological and modern vehicles or available information. However, other measures cannot be taken without the support of the Statutory City, whether it is a newly placed stop, the preference of public transport in transport management or the investment in roads.
The aim of the Master Plan is to make the public transport in České Budějovice perceived as a full-fledged alternative to travelling around the city. To do this, it needs to sell well its advantages (available main destinations in the City, simple use, price), because it has, like other types of transport, disadvantages (it is not individual, it does not go from house to house, it is time bound).
The project is divided into three parts:
Analysis – summary of available background data from previous projects and analysis of existing conditions based on new surveys
Proposal – the main part of the Master Plan, detailed proposals and rationale for the chosen solution
Strategy – represents the most important outputs of the project
The Master Plan draws on a number of input data that provide a sufficient basis for the formulation of the strategy of the upcoming ten-year period. Many of them are related to the Integrated Transport Organisation Plan, to which the Master Plan is a follow-up. A significant entry into the analytical part are surveys of occupancy and delays of connections and a survey of transport relations in the public transport network.
The measures for 2011 based on the proposal part of the Master Plan were implemented in June 2011 in the form of a New Public Transport System.