In a desperate attempt to save CZK 50 million, the town council makes some huge changes to the public transit system in Brno. This is what changes on January 1, 2013:
- Tram line 7 gets cancelled, partially replaced by line # 5.
- Tram line # 13 (Juliánov – Technologický park) gets cancelled too. It will be partially replaced by line 9, now going between Juliánov and Lesná.
- More lines to be aborted: # 29 (serving Kohoutovice) and # 45 (serving Juliánov and Líšeň).
- Tram line 11 now has a different route: Lesná – Bystrc-Rakovecká.
- One in two trams on line # 6 will finish its route at Švermova station and one in two trams on line 8 will go only to Novolíšeňská station. In the peak times, all trams will go to the proper terminal stations.
- No night buses will depart from the main station at 2:30 a.m. and 3:30 a.m.
There will be more changes taking place in January but they won’t affect as much people as the one I listed.
It is quite easy to comment the news: the council fails to provide one of the basic services it is supposed to provide. This means more cars in the streets, more traffic jams, more people having trouble travelling to work (especially from the Eastern suburbs), while the politicians invest public funds to fireworks festival and motorbike races. At least the price of the fare stays the same. Also, thanks to a petition, a stupid idea that people would need two tickets to take a night bus (one proper, one special for the night lines) was abandoned.