THE LOCAL INTEGRATED TRANSPORT SECTION  
 

The membership base of the Local Integrated Transport Section is made up of both the operators of local integrated transport, i.e. transport companies from the ranks of Czech towns, and also ROPID members, such as the operator of the Prague integrated transport network, and the Prague engineering plant, which is practically a monopoly supplier of track structures and a range of facilities for tram transport in the Czech Republic and abroad.

The potential of the section is made up of seven member companies with more than 15 000 employees. Their operational facilities comprise the fleets of the underground (Metro), trams, buses, and trolleybuses, including the corresponding technical base, with an annual volume of almost 1.260 thousand million passengers. The individual businesses provide the actual transportation of passengers and also a number of servicing and repair activities for themselves and other companies.

The fundamental activity of the section is to defend the interests of public carriers in towns at the level of public administration and self-autonomous administration. Attention is principally paid to the following:

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the creation of conditions for the financing of public transport in towns;
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participation in the processing of materials to support local integrated transport from the state budget;
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the creation of a pricing policy for integrated transport in towns and regions;
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participation in the formulation of the "transport policy of the Czech Republic", particularly regarding the parts about local integrated transport;
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pressure on legislation and the relevant institutions in generating the conditions for the functioning of local integrated transport uniformly in all its subsystems.

The following strategic aims will be principally put forward until the year 2010:
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the continual increasing of the quality of local integrated transport, whilst taking environmental aspects into consideration;
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the stabilisation of the share of transportation work between local integrated transport and IAD in towns, with the aim of preventing the decline of local integrated transport on a city-wide scale below the value of 55 % of the total volume of transportation work in the year 2010;
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pressure on the maximum promotion of the preference of local integrated transport in town operations;
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the replacement of the local integrated transport vehicle fleet with new, modernised vehicles that will guarantee the competitiveness of public transport against individual passenger car transport;
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pressure on the harmonisation of the legislative conditions of the Czech Republic and the EU, primarily in the field of state participation in the financing of development and the overhauling of local integrated transport.