Prague City Hall has approved a 50% discount on trams, buses and the metro for students under 26 years and retirees over 65 years.
Annual passes for those groups will be cut to 1,280 crowns a year if paid in a lump sum, about half the current amount. To obtain the benefits, passengers will have to show their identity card (for retirees) or a student card at the cashier’s desk.
Prague Mayor Adriana Krnáčová (ANO) supported the rate cut for students and was one of the key promoters of the cut for adults in 2015. Opposition TOP 09 representatives, however, called the proposal a populist move. The city is having elections in October. The Pirates also opposed it, saying the planned Kč 350 million cost of the discount could be better spent on teachers’ salaries or infrastructure.
In June, Deputy Mayor Petr Dolínek (ČSSD), responsible for transportation, made the proposal that would have allowed students to pay the annual pass Kč 365.
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