Prague Public Transit Company Unveils $39 Million Tram Line Connecting Divoká Šárka to Dědina

In a momentous development for Prague’s transportation system, the Prague Public Transit Company (DPP) has officially inaugurated a new tram line, heralding the longest extension of the city’s tram network in two decades. The newly unveiled tram line, stretching from Divoká Šárka to Dědina, represents an investment of 840 million Czech koruna (approximately $39 million) and promises to enhance the mobility and convenience of Prague’s residents.

The newly constructed tram line covers Prague 6, commencing from the Divoká Šárka loop and spanning four meticulously crafted stops before culminating at the Dědina terminus. This expansion is expected to provide an efficient transportation solution for residents of Dolní Liboc and the Na Dědině housing estate, effectively connecting these areas to the city’s broader transit network.

The ambitious project demanded intricate planning and meticulous coordination to seamlessly integrate the new tram line into Prague’s existing urban infrastructure. The construction phase involved substantial earthworks, with nearly 100,000 tons of soil excavated. Furthermore, over 3.5 kilometers of new water and sewage pipelines, 10 kilometers of power cables, and more than 15 kilometers of communication and optical cables were meticulously installed to ensure the tram line’s operational efficiency.

The inauguration of the Divoká Šárka-Dědina tram line represents a significant milestone in Prague’s transportation development. Notably, the project was not without its challenges, with construction taking place within the constraints of the city’s built-up areas. Nevertheless, the successful completion of this ambitious endeavor paves the way for future expansions, including the much-anticipated tram line on Wenceslas Square in the heart of Prague.

With the introduction of the new tram line, daily tram services 20 and 26 have been extended to the Dědina terminus, significantly improving connectivity for local residents and commuters in the region. However, it’s essential to note that night trams will not operate on this section of the line. To address this, the Prague Public Transit Company has thoughtfully introduced night bus services, ensuring that passengers are well-served during late hours.

The Dědina tram line serves as both a transportation solution and a catalyst for urban development. The project has brought about the revitalization of the surrounding areas, including the planting of over 170 trees and the construction of essential infrastructure. Furthermore, the Prague city administration has plans to construct a parking facility to accommodate local residents, further facilitating easy access to public transportation.

The triumphant completion of the Divoká Šárka-Dědina tram line exemplifies Prague’s unwavering commitment to sustainable urban mobility and its vision for an efficient and interconnected transportation network. As the city continues to invest in enhancing its public transportation infrastructure, residents and visitors alike can look forward to heightened accessibility, improved mobility, and a greener future.

Article by Prague Forum

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