March 31, 2022 – A package of new public services for Zagreb county bus transport has been presented, with the real needs of the inhabitants of the wider county being properly taken into account for public transport.
As Poslovni Dnevnik writes, together with the representatives of the county of Zagreb, the municipality of Kravarsko and the coordination of the internal regular public road passenger transport of the Croatian Association of Employers (HUP), new public services for bus transport from Zagreb County were presented.
It is a model that allows the introduction of new and the renewal of some old bus lines with the aim of offering better transport links and ensuring greater mobility of the local population. Despite secure state budget funds, Zagreb County is the first county in Croatia to provide its resident population with more lines and departures and to ensure better connectivity of more rural areas. According to representatives of the local community, as well as the transporters themselves, this model is crucial for the survival of small rural areas threatened by an ongoing demographic catastrophe. Kravarsko is, as they point out, an example of how public transport can provide momentum and a boost to a population that faced a devastating earthquake two years ago.
Kravarsko Mayor Vlado Kolarec said residents of the area he governs have been using the new services of the Zagreb county bus transport offer for three months.
“The public bus service is necessary for the sustainability of our municipality. Our inhabitants are better connected, they are mobile, they can stay at home where they grew up. Glad to see the positive changes that public transportation has brought with it,” the mayor said, praising the cooperation with county and local bus carriers who showed an unwavering willingness to help at the height of the crisis. coronaviruses.
A new Zagreb county bus transport timetable that meets the real needs of the local population
In Kravarsko, the population uses the Autoturist buses of Samobor, whose prosecutor is Franjo Grguric: “The inhabitants depend a lot on our buses because there has been no alternative transport available to them. On several occasions, after the announcement of the removal of some lines, we received desperate calls from people who simply could no longer go to work or send their children to school. We want to continue to unite Croatia, so thank you to the county of Zagreb for recognizing this need. I hope others will follow this example.
“Better and more accessible public transport services, especially in rural areas, are the reason why we were the first in Croatia to sign two-year contracts worth almost 90 million kunas with our bus carriers,” said Zagreb County Sub-Prefect Damir Tomljenovic, who added that their lines are constantly growing and the schedules of the Zagreb County Bus Transport System will continue to be adjusted to meet the real needs of the population.
All legal prerequisites have been provided for the implementation of this public service model in Croatia, as well as the necessary financial resources – 428 million kuna per year from the state budget. It is a model that works very well in almost all EU countries and systematically solves the problem of bus operators and people.
Hrvoje Mestrovic, President of HUP-Coordination of Online Public Passenger Transport, pointed out that bus carriers continue to be in a crisis situation and that rising fuel prices, inflation and the pandemic are endangering the work of the transport sector as a whole. This public service model, explained Mestrovic, therefore helps the local population, but also the bus operators themselves, to continue carrying out activities of wider social interest.
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