Free public transport arrives to Slovakia. One town has introduced it so far

Buses free for locals and also visitors.

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The first town in Slovakia to implement free public transport for everyone is Komárno. It has been valid since the beginning of January 2020.

Public transport buses in Komárno are free not only for town inhabitants but also for tourists and visitors, the Sme daily reported.

Mayor Béla Keszegh confirmed it, but as he said they have not solved all issues.

“We will evaluate the situation with the haulier every two months and we will adapt measures,” he said, as quoted by Sme.

People preferred cars

The operation of public transport in Komárno was more and more loss-making every year. Fewer people were using it. The number of those who took a taxi was growing.

Almost 304,000 tickets were sold in 2013 in Komárno and public transport costs reached €161,000. But in 2016, only 243,000 were sold and costs grew to €214,000. In 2018, it increased to €269,000.

The municipality would like to bring more people to buses by implementing free public transport and decrease the number of cars. “We would like people to use public transport or ride a bike,” said the mayor, as quoted by Sme.

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