Harley-Davidson celebrated its 115th anniversary last weekend, bringing motorcycle enthusiasts to Prague from all corners of the globe. Some 110,000 people flooded into the city’s Holešovice neighborhood for the festivities, fully 10% more than expected. I visited the anniversary headquarters at Prague’s Vystaviště to find out what brought this gigantic society together from all over the world.
Firefighters have extinguished fires near a railway line between the
northern Bohemian towns of Lovosice and Ústí nad Labem, but both domestic
and international train travel in the area has halted.
Police have also closed a road running alongside the rails. Until their investigation is complete, drivers should expect heavy congestion, especially along routes from Ústí nad Labem and Děčín to Dresden, Germany.
Finnish Transtech Oy, a subsidiary of the Czech company Škoda
Transportation, will deliver ten Artic trams to the city of Helsinki. The
price of the contract amounts to 750 million crowns.
There are currently 48 trams of the same type operating in the Finnish capital. As of 2021, they will also operate on a newly built track in the city of Tampere. The Plzeň-based transport company Škoda Transportation acquired a controlling stake in Finland’s sole manufacturer of rail vehicles abd trams in August 2015.
The Prague Municipal Council has rejected a proposed discount on public
transport for students aged 15-26. The author of the proposal, Deputy Mayor
Petr Dolínek, suggested students be offered annual passes for 365 crowns,
roughly equivalent to 1.2 euros a month, to encourage them to use trams,
buses and the metro more often.
Other city councillors argued that Prague could ill afford losing an estimated 300 million crowns in annual revenue. As a compromise, students will be allowed to pay for annual passes, which as of January will cost 1,200 crowns, in monthly instalments.
Prague City Hall will radically reduce the price of public transport costs
for students, deputy mayor Petr Dolínek announced on Wednesday.
As of September 1, students will pay 365 crowns for an annual pass instead of the current 1,200 crowns per six months. The city hall will also introduce shorter intervals on the metro’s B and C lines.
Czech flight search company Kiwi, one of the biggest air-ticket sellers on the European market, is broadening its business model, the daily e15 reported on Friday. From now on, customers can get a package including air ticket as well as journey to and from the airport. At the end of last year, Kiwi launched a pilot service combining journeys with six large European transport companies, including Deutsche Bahn, FlixBus, National Express, RegioJet, SNCF and Trenitalia.
Two black-painted trams adorned with written excuses frequently proffered
by passengers without tickets have gone into service in Prague.
The Czech term for free riders is “black passenger” and the trams are part of a campaign entitled “Are you riding black?”
Also part of the drive is an offer of half-price fines for free riding if the offending passenger purchases a yearly pass.
Prague council has instructed the Prague Institute of Planning and
Development to change the city’s territorial plan to allow for the
building of a further section of a planned new “D” Metro line. The
addition to the underground rail network should run northeast from
Náměstí Míru to Žižkov and then on to Vysočany. However, it is not
yet clear what precise route it will follow or where it will have stations.
The first part of the D line should run from Písnice in the south of the city to Pankrác, which should later be connected to Náměstí Míru. Discussions about constructing a fourth Metro line began in the 1980s.
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