„Development of the public transportation system in Kielce Metropolitan Area” is the largest project of the City of Kielce co-funded by the European Union. This project is implemented within the Operation Program “Development of Eastern Poland 2007-2013”, framework of III priority Axis Voivodeship growth centers; Acions III.1 Municipal public transportation systems. The funding application submitted on the 30th of June 2009 was approved by the European Commission in Brussels. On the 12th of November 2009, Municipality of Kielce signed the Project funding agreement.

Strategic objective of the Project is the increase of region’s competitiveness and the development of metropolitan functions of the City of Kielce through improvement of the road infrastructure and public transport quality in the city. This objective will be fulfilled by the implementation of the following tasks:

Task 1. Construction of road junction of Żelazna, 1 Maja and Zagnańska street with reconstruction of Gustaw Herling-Grudziński’s roundabout.
Task 2. Construction of streets improving communication services in the western part of the city (Kielce Trade Fair region),
Task 3. Construction of bus bays and bus termini (including two with social infrastructure for the bus drivers),
Task 4. Purchase of 40 public transportation buses equipped with mobile ticket dispensing machines,
Task 5. Purchase and installation of electronic display boards and stationary ticket dispensing machines.

Tasks 2-5 have been already completed. Implementation of task 1 is still in progress. It begun May 2011 and will continue until 3rd quarter of 2013.

According to the European Commission decision, Beneficiary received the approval for expansion of the project with additional tasks, for which on April 5th application documentation was submitted to PARP. The project will be expanded by construction of bus lanes, another bus termini and bus bays, another 36 electronic information display boards, construction of bus platforms, equipment of busses with visual monitoring system, implementation of Kielce City Card System.

Implementation of the project will contribute directly to overcome and/or eliminate numerous problems, main source of which is the underinvestment of transport sector and progressive intensive growth of the automotive industry in Kielce. Expansion and modernization of transport infrastructure will contribute to the increase of professional and spatial mobility of the citizens, increasing their possibilities on the job and academic market.

Key objectives :

  1. Economic development and improvement of the quality of life of the citizens
  2. Improvement of the quality, safety and the image of public transportation services
  3. Improvement of road infrastructure quality and increase of the traffic flow fluency

Objective No. 1 is met in the project by:

  • better communication of the city with neighboring municipalities
  • better inner city communication (neighborhoods – downtown, workplaces, schools, universities)
  • greater attractiveness of the City of Kielce as a place to live, invest as well as greater touristic attractiveness
  • more comfortable travel using public transportation
  • shortened travel times between particular areas of the city
  • increased vehicle and pedestrian traffic safety, lesser risk of traffic accidents or collisions occurrence for all road users
  • improvement of the satisfaction of citizens

Objective No. 2 is met in the project by:

  • purchase of 40 modern ecological public transport buses (equipped with visual monitoring and passenger information system)
  • installation of 24 electronic display boards and 20 stationary dispensing ticket machines (information monitors have been installed on the bus stops and communication hubs where passenger traffic flow is the highest)
  • construction of 2 mini bus stations with social infrastructure for passengers and drivers
  • establishment of 13 new bus lines
  • establishment of 6 new bus lines operating in the areas of the city and its suburbs

Objective No. 3 is met in the project by:

  • construction or reconstruction of bus bays (14 bays, including 11 already put to use)
  • construction of bus loops (4 loops, including 3 already put to use)
  • construction of new and reconstruction of existing roads (5,186 km of roads in total, including 1,326 km already put into use)
  • construction of key road hub allowing alleviation of main communication routes and intersections
  • construction of 3 non-collision underground passages for pedestrians

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