Half of Czech regions to raise public transport fares

Around half of the regions in Czechia are planning to increase fares on their public transport systems, Czech Television reported. The remaining regional authorities will be forced to increase subsidies for public transport, it said. Some large cities are also planning to raise ticket prices.

Among the regions already planning fare increases are Central Bohemia, Vysočina and Ústi nad Labem. The authorities in Moravia Silesia are also weighing up such a move, while Karlovy Vary Region is undecided.

Prague does not intend to raise fares at present, though running the city’s transport system will cost an extra CZK 1 billion in the next year. Mayor Zdeněk Hřib told Czech Television that the money would have to come out of savings.

Author: Ian Willoughby