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During the Národní třída closure, low floor trams will provide transport for wheelchairs users in the city centre, and a new connection search tool will help as well

Prague, 10th July 2012 – Due to the closure of the Národní třída metro station, the Prague Public Transit Co. (PPT) will dispatch the maximum number of low-floor trams, including lines that run through the city centre. Wheelchair users will also be able to use a new search tool that has been created in cooperation with the Prague Wheelchair Users Organization and was launched at the end of this June on www.dpp.cz, where one can thus easily find barrier-free connections and barrier-free status for all Prague trams stops.

 

“We have been actively working with the Prague Wheelchair Users Organization for many years to identify possible improvements to barrier-free transport; one result is for example the new barrier-free transport search tool. Aside from this, the PPT has in recent years been purchasing only barrier-free vehicles. We are disappointed by the event organized by the Asistence civic association, inasmuch as despite the closure of the Národní třída metro station, barrier-free access to Prague’s city centre has been ensured,” said Tereza Krásenská, the PPT’s press officer.

Easy travel via mass transit for wheelchair users is an important aspect for the Prague Public Transit Co. In the area of vehicles, the situation is constantly improving, and currently the PPT uses 187 low-floor trams and 719 low-floor buses. Currently, 36 of the Prague metro system’s 57 stations are barrier-free. Sixty percent of all tram stops are fully or partly barrier-free (i.e. 376 stops). Prague’s city centre is also served by special bus lines H1 and H2, which are reserved solely for wheelchair users.

Based on its close cooperation with the Prague Wheelchair Users Organization, two week ago the PPT also presented its new “Connection Search” tool (http://spojeni.dpp.cz), with a unique database and information on barrier-free accessibility of all Prague tram stops. Additional information regarding barrier-free status for specific stops is available in search results, where after clicking the chosen stop, the application for example provides information on the height of the boarding edge, the width of the platform’s active area, the narrowest passable point or the nature of access to the stop as such.

 

Contacts for more information:

Mgr. Tereza M. Krásenská
Internal and External Communications Manager and Press Officer for The Prague Public Transit Co.,
email: tiskoveoddeleni@dpp.cz

 

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