The company Technology for the Capital City Prague (THMP) has replaced the first few shelters at public transport stops operated by the French company JCDecaux.
Passengers can already use the new shelters in Prague 13 at the Píškova and Velká Ohrada stops.
The prototype of the transit stop has been tested in Palacký Square for almost two years.
As mayor Zdeněk Hřib (Pirates) and THMP director Tomáš Jílek told journalists yesterday, their administration and the management of advertising spaces should be taken over by the transport company (DPP).
From January 2022, THMP will receive 15 shelters every week. Each shelter costs about 350 thousand CZK.
“Street furniture is an often overlooked but very important part of the city that we shouldn’t forget. In addition to providing user comfort, it should be attractive and easy to maintain. The new shelter has all of these attributes, so I’m pleased they will gradually start spreading throughout Prague,” said Mayor of Prague, Zdeněk Hřib.
“We have rejected a proposal to extend this contract for seven years without competition. Prague deserves to have its own shelters and other elements of city furniture from benches to bicycle stands. The aim is for the city not to be blackmailed by suppliers in the future. There will also be a reduction in visual smog in our streets,” adds Hřib.
“After more than twenty years, Prague will take ownership of its transport shelters. The city will take control not only of their function and where they are placed but also of the advertising they generate. Until now, this kind of management has been missing,” said Director of IPR Prague, Ondřej Boháč.