Why is Prague home to one of the best tram systems in the world: several arguments

By TravelWiseDec 11, 2023 08:15 AMNews
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A tram in Prague. Source: Wikipedia

Improving public transportation, whether it's subways, buses, light rail, or trolleybuses, is a challenging task. However, some improvements are surprisingly simple.

As you may be aware, the tram system in Prague, Czech Republic, is considered one of the best in the world. The city is working diligently to enhance and sustain the system, which has roots dating back to the 19th century, as reported by Governing.

The system essentially operates on Ronald Reagan's "Trust but verify" principle. Periodically, an inspector with inconspicuous markings boards the tram and verifies whether everyone possesses a valid travel card or ticket. If a passenger is found without a ticket, the inspector, with a friendly demeanor, offers the option to pay a fine of 1000 CZK, approximately $50, on the spot or pay later by mail, incurring a cost of 1500 CZK or $75.

Why is Prague home to one of the best tram systems in the world: several arguments
Prague. Source: Adisa/Shutterstock

What makes the Prague system so good?

To start, there are numerous tram lines with frequent and punctual service. The tram system boasts 26 lines operating during the day and nine at night. During the morning rush hour, over 400 trams are in operation, reportedly the highest number in Europe. This hardware advantage is complemented by efficient operating procedures and software. Boarding without extensive checks and the availability of affordable long-term passes contribute to the swift movement of trams, seamlessly integrating them into the daily lives of citizens. In addition to trams, Prague also features buses and an excellent subway system established in the 1970s. Prague's public transportation system is comprehensive, and a single pass or travel card grants access to all modes of transportation.

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