The Slovak capital of Bratislava is on track to be connected by public city transit to the Austrian border villages of Hainburg and Wolfstal by December.
City of Bratislava spokeswoman Eva Chudinova told the SITA newswire that Bratislava Deputy Mayor Milan Cílek is intensively negotiating with the Austrian partners to introduce the transit links.
The bus service would start running on December 21, by which time Slovakia could
Already be part of the Schengen Zone.
The Bratislava public city transport operator, Dopravný Podnik Bratislava (DPB), is to set the transit route on behalf of the Slovak side. The bus line would start under the Nový Most Bridge in Bratislava and run several times a day.
The Austrian side is currently solving an administrative problem connected with issuing a license for Slovak buses. The question of fare also has to be settled: DPB’s calculated fare estimate is €1.20, markedly lower than the Austrian transport operator’s €4.40.
However, both sides are very interested in this transpit line. Austrians do shopping in Slovakia mainly during the week, while Slovaks mostly visit the Austrian villages on the weekend.
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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9. Oct 2007 at 14:00