Press: controversial Opencard system could by operated by new company

Officials in Prague are considering transferring control of a controversial city card system to a newly established company, the newspaper Mladá fronta Dnes reported. The Opencard, which can be used as a travel pass and for some other services, has proven controversial, with accusations that it cost the capital far more than it should have done. Mladá fronta Dnes said the Town Hall may hand the running of the Opencard system to an especially created firm under Prague’s transport authority. On Tuesday police removed documents from offices at Prague Town Hall, two months after an opposition councillor filed corruption charges in connection with the system. Three audits have been carried out, uncovering numerous shortcomings. The Opencard project cost the city CZK 800 million (over USD 42 million) but has not made any profit.

Author: Ian Willoughby