With the contribution of the LIFE programme of the European Union - LIFE14 ENV/GR/000611

Prague to offer free public transport during smog warnings

The Municipality of Prague has announced that public transport will be free during declared smog emergencies, in the hope that commuters will leave their cars at home. Air pollution and smog are frequent concerns in major cities throughout the Czech Republic.

The initiative, which is expected to cost around EUR 400 000 per day, is part of a broader public information campaign on the health effects of smog.  Previous campaigns in Prague have focused on the need to reduce the use of private cars, but this is the first time that a strong incentive such as free public transport has been introduced.

Other major European cities, such as Paris and Brussels, have made public transport free on days of peak pollution to reduce car use and curb the levels of smog.

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