Tram Project Ostrava

Project completed
Resident of Ostrava in a wheelchair at the tram stop
The Swiss Contribution has improved the safety of public transport in Ostrava. The transport network has been expanded, infrastructure improved, and tram stops transformed to enable people with disabilities to use them. © SECO

The Ostrava region is confronted with rather low air quality and is currently experiencing economic and industrial transitions with considerable implications for the local transport system. The project aims to improve safety for public transport users, to enhance the public transport infrastructure of Ostrava and to reduce air pollution. It is foreseen to extend a tram line, to build two connections from the tram to the bus system and to enhance two key tram stops in the city centre also for the needs of handicapped people.

Country/region Topic Period Budget
Czech Republic
Protecting the environment
Public Transport
05.09.2012 - 31.01.2017
CHF 3'472'021
Background

The overall project objective is to reverse the current trend of declining public transport patronage in Ostrava by improving safety, comfort and the environmental record of the public transport system. In particular, the Krajsky Urad und Krizikova tram stops have been identified as potentially dangerous for public transport users due to interaction with motorists and are in urgent need of substantial safety upgrades. Besides, the Dopravni Podnik Ostrava aims to reduce atmospheric pollution created by its own vehicles and therefore pursues the strategy of expanding the tram network and mitigating diesel bus operation. Hence, the project aims to improve safety by rebuilding the aforementioned tram stops plus creating a new tram link between Dubina and Vyskovice.

Objectives

The goal of the project is to improve and reconfigure tram routes and services which are the most popular means of public transport in the city of Ostrava.

Target groups

The direct beneficiary is the public transport company Dopravni Podnik Ostrava which will be supported to improve their public transport infrastructure. The primary target group is the travelling public (2.7 million passengers/year) who will benefit from safer and more comfortable public transport. The situation for people with reduced mobility will be particularly improved through better access possibilities. City residents will also benefit from lower traffic-induced atmospheric pollution.

Activities
  • Extension of the tram network
  • Introduction of a new tram link
  • Curtailment of bus line no. 41 at Dubina where a connection to tram line 3 will be enabled
  • Reconstruction of tram platforms at Krajsky Urad by providing separation from adjacent road traffic and barrier-free access
  • Reconstruction of the tram platforms at Krizikova by providing separation from road traffic and barrier-free access
Results

Achieved results:  

  • The public transport infrastructure in the covered areas of Ostrava is enhanced and safety for passengers is increased
  • Extension of the Ostrava tram network
  • Platforms at four tram stops in Ostrava are re-constructed. The reconstructed tram stops guarantee barrier-free access and separation from adjacent road traffic for public transport users
  • Nine tram stops are equipped with safety railings and shelters
  • The new rail connection of two tram lines and two new tram stops are constructed
  • A bus line is replaced with a tram connection
  • 66 Trams are equipped with a safety camera system
  • Improvement of comfort for public transport users

 

 

 


Expected results:  

 

  • Reduction in the number of accidents involving pedestrians
  • Mitigation of atmospheric emissions from carbon oxides, nitrogenous oxides, hydro carbonates and particulate matters
  • Increase in public transport ridership
  • Extension of the Ostrava tram network

 

 


Directorate/federal office responsible SECO
Credit area Swiss Contribution to the enlarged EU
Project partners Contract partner
  • Czech Ministry of Finance

Implementing partner
Dopravni Podnik Ostrava, Joint Stock Company

Budget Current phase Swiss budget CHF   3'472'021 Swiss disbursement to date CHF   3'447'563
Project phases

Phase 1 05.09.2012 - 31.01.2017   (Completed)