The number of air-conditioned buses and trams in Prague’s public transport are slowly on the rise.
Until now, the number of buses with air conditioning made up less than five percent of Prague’s transport system. For trams, the number of air-conditioned vehicles only made up a tenth of the trams in operation.
However, by the end of next year the number of trams with air conditioning should increase by almost 50%. Lack of cool air in trams affects drivers as well as passengers in the current Czech heatwave – who spend long hours each day in the vehicle. Today, drivers cabins of only 311 in over 800 trams in operation have air conditioning, and eight out of ten buses.
As for buses, out of the 1180 buses of the Prague Public Transport Company in total, they now have air conditioning for passengers on 52 vehicles. New cars have been acquired by the transport company in recent years from a tender whose tender documentation in 2007 did not require air conditioning for passengers.
“At that time, it was not even the standard required. All new bids for the purchase of buses include full-car air conditioning,” reported CTK spokesman of the Prague transport company Aneta Řehková.
The numbers of air-conditioned trams are growing at a faster rate than buses. A year and a half ago there were 30, and today passengers are cooled in 84 low-floor wagons like the Škoda 15T For City. A further 41 air-conditioned trams are to be acquired by the end of next year.