Preparing a new traffic and transport strategy

Basic Information

Mobility solution ID

5.5

Started

City

Pécs

Summary

A local strategy was needed in order to meet the challenges of a huge increase in traffic and to provide environmentally friendly solutions to meet public demand.

Implementing sustainable mobility

Following Hungary’s accession to the EU in 2004, new financial perspectives opened up for tackling long-recognised problems, including in the field of transportation. Pecs therefore aimed to use EU assistance such the European Regional Development Fund and Cohesion Fund to prepare a local traffic and transportation strategy to tackle the city’s increasing volume of private cars and rising levels of pollution and congestion.

The strategy focused on two areas: access limitations in the city centre to offer better living conditions and the modernisation of the public transportation system. The strategy explored public transportation development from two perspectives: the feasibility of the introduction of fixed track public transportation modes; and the possibilities of a fuel change for the existing bus fleet.

The strategy described the vision for public transportation in Pecs by 2010, in order to be able to offer efficient public transportation for visitors coming to Europe’s Cultural Capital. It focused mainly on the utilisation of the next Community Support Framework (2007-2013) and on the use of public-private partnerships in providing communal transportation services.

The most important projects were to:

  • reposition the local bus station from the densely populated centre to a suburban district;
  • establish a fixed-track public transportation infrastructure; and
  • develop the road infrastructure in relation to the opening of the Expo Centre and the Pecs-Pogany Regional Airport.
     

Progress

  • An analysis of the present situation was prepared in 2004, based on actual traffic measurements.
  • The extension of access restrictions in the city centre and the location of parking facilities were examined and plans were elaborated to convert existing parking places into green areas.
  • The plan for relocating the local bus station was prepared.
  • Plans to establish fixed-track public transport infrastructure were developed.

 

Outcomes

The strategy was designed to be implemented over five to seven years, and to have decade-long impacts. It did not therefore result in any change to the present system, but only described the direction of future investments and developments and initiated a long-term and complete paradigm change in traffic and transportation in the city of Pecs.

This fact sheet has been updated by a third party on the basis of available information (not by the city itself), therefore we do not guarantee any data with respect to their content, completeness or up-to-dateness.

 

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