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1 Possibilities for continuing rehabilitation of Budapest city center Levente Nagy Director of Business Development and Customer Communications BKK Centre for Budapest Transport 2013 Annual Polis Conference 04. December :00-11:15 Parallel session 4 Topic: Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans: Here to stay

2 Facts and figures about Budapest Capital city of Hungary (since 1873), 525 sqm Hungary is a top-heavy country with (public) transport capacity and expenditures concentrated in the capital 1,700,000 inhabitants - stagnating 600,000 car trips per day Modal split: 45% individual / 55% PT Complex geography and governance River Danube: transport bottleneck Metropolitan region (80 towns/villages) 800,000 inhabitants 400,000 car trips per day (66% of the total!); 582,000 private cars 2

3 Budapest among the first ones 1870 The second funicular in the world (Buda Castle Hill) 1874 The third cogwheel railway in Europe 1887 The first city tramway network in Europe, 125th anniversary celebrations in The first underground railway in continental Europe, now a UNESCO World Heritage Site 3

4 Public Transport in Budapest 4

5 Need an engineer for the city! Standard construction investment Before 2010 After 2010 Investor Responsible for the tasks by law Engineer Transport authority Contractor Operators 5

6 Clear and well-structured organization 6

7 New integrated transport organising authority Founder and owner: Municipality of Budapest (since 2010) Strategic view of BKK Integrated management of all transport modes Focus on environmentally friendly public transport: cycling and walking Financial sustainability with transparent public service contracts Independent transport governance system as an intermediate level between operators and local government 7

8 Public transport organization Continuous traffic monitoring Information provision and communication with clients Road transport management Taxi regulation organization and control Traffic safety measures and activities Parking regulations and freight restrictions Integrated management of developments Tasks and responsibilities 8

9 Priorities for PT vehicles Synchronization of traffic signals in more than 30 intersections Active priority with the help of the new AVL system (FUTÁR) Without any necessary actions from the driver Dealing with crossing PT lines Implementation of dedicated bus lanes (e.g. bus corridor for Rákoskeresztúr) 9

10 Development of cyclist infrastructure New infrastructure since 2010: 6,6 km cycle path 2,4 km cycle lane 26 km common bus and cycle lane 12 km, 50 one-way street opened for bikes 5 bike boxes Aim: reach 10% of the modal share for cycling by 2020 Available financial resources: : 2,3 million : 1,2 million 10

11 MOL Bubi Budget: 1.06 bhuf (3.5 m ) EU co-funding: 85 % Technical content: km2 operational area 74 locations bikes docking units Optional extension: 150 stations, 2,200 bikes Expected starting date: 2014 spring 11

12 Heart of Budapest program Rehabilitation project finished in 2012 Integrated project between urban planners and transport practicioners 12

13 Rehabilitation of Kossuth Rákóczi axis Aim: Rehabilitate one of the most prominent road of Budapest Actions so far: Traffic modelling to understand the impact Traffic simulation for the entire section Impact assessment study, study plans Further design actions 13

14 Rehabilitation of Danube embankments I. Aim: Increased turistical attraction More liveable city Attractive public spaces connecting to the Danube river Connecting the boat services to the PT system Traffic calming in the Pest side Remaining capacity in the Buda side 14

15 Rehabilitation of Danube embankments II. Further actions Architect design competition Feasibility study for the development of urban suburban boat services Development of port system 15

16 Support for other urban development projects Development of Kossuth tér Reconstruction of Várkert bazaar Complex development of Normafa Olimpic centre for Budapest New Museum district 16

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