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Prague Public Transit Co. to deploy new midibuses on selected routes

Prague, 10 December 2010 - Prague Public Transit Co. has expanded its fleet by seven new low-floor SOR midibuses. These buses, which make it easier to transport handicapped passengers, will be deployed starting 12 December 2010 on selected bus routes operated by the company.


The new SOR BN 8.5 midibuses are fully low-floor, have a passenger capacity of 64 (24 seated + 39 standing) and include space and anchor points for a wheelchair. The vehicles are powered by a 4.5 l diesel engine with an automatic transmission, and are automatically blocked from moving until all doors are closed and the wheelchair ramp is retracted. The lockable driver's compartment includes the latest equipment, including an information system via which the driver communicates with the PPT dispatch centre.

In the first phase, the Prague Public Transit Co. will deploy the new midibuses on bus route 151 (Českomoravská – Poliklinika Prosek), 216 (Hradčanská – Nové Vokovice), and night route 514 Sídliště Ďáblice - Ďáblice). At the same time, it will be possible to deploy these vehicles on existing midibus route 236 (Zámky - Podhoří). The new low-floor midibuses will be based at the DPP Řepy and Klíčov depots.

"A total of seven midibuses will be deployed, which will increase the number of buses for the handicapped on these routes. We are confident that the midibuses will make life easier for physically handicapped passengers, such as when visiting the Zoo or physicians at the Prosek Clinic," said Petr Blažek, director of transport for the PPT Co.

Currently, the PPT Co. utilizes a total of six low-floor midibuses operating on routes 128, 236 and 291, connecting healthcare facilities, city offices in the metropolis, and areas that cannot be serviced by standard 12 m buses due to impassability. In the future, the company shall continue to increase the number of midibuses.

Notes for editors

Technical specifications – SOR BN 8.5 urban low-floor midibus

Number of seats: 24 + space and anchor points for a wheelchair
Standing room: 39
Total no of passengers: 63 + 1
Max. speed: 100 km/h
Vehicle length: 8,4 m
Vehicle width: 2,52 m
Motor: Cummins ISBe 4.5l E5, EEV, turbocharged 4-stroke 4-cylinder diesel with charge air cooling
Transmission: automatic
Other equipment: movement blockage when doors open, retractable wheelchair ramp, 50 km/h speed limiter, information control system

Contacts for more information:

Ilona Vysoudilová
Press Dept. manager and press secretary of the Prague Public Transit Co.,


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