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One Hundred Years of Bus Service in Prague

Today the Prague Public Transit Co. Inc. celebrates the 100th anniversary of the first bus line in Prague.


Bus Laurin&Klement (1907) Bus Laurin&Klement (1907) Exactly 100 years ago, at 8:00 a.m., the first bus line of the Electrical Works set out on its route. This line was also the first public transit line in the Czech Republic. The route was 1.6 km long, and operated ran 15 minutes from 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. The line connected Malostranské náměstí [Lesser Town Square] and „kasárna zemské obrany" [provincial defence barracks]. There were a total of 9 stops on the route, including the terminus points, and the route passed through Nerudova St., Ke hradu St., Hradčanské náměstí, Loretánská St. and Pohořelec. The line, which bore no designation, was at first served by two buses, each from a different manufacturer" Fiat and Laurin&Klement.

Already by the spring of that year, two more buses were added on the route: one by Gaggenau and one by Ariès, and when tram service on Charles Bridge was cancelled on 1 May 1908, the line was extended all the way to Křižovnické náměstí.

After frequent breakdowns and accidents of this brand-new method of transportation, at the end of 1909 the board of directors of the Electrical Works decided to permanently end bus service effective immediately, and city transit in the steep Nerudova St. disappeared for good. Electrical Works didn't begin using buses again until 1925. Since then buses have been running in Prague permanently.

Currently the Prague Public Transit Co. operates on the order of 200 bus lines having a total length of over 2000 km, and annually transports 301,050,000 passengers; the lines are served by 1200 buses.


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