Public Transport To Be Free For School Pupils And Students


Wrocław City Council have voted in favour of granting students and school pupils free public transport from September

To qualify for free rides on buses and trams, students need to be under 21 and carry an ID proving they are a member of one of the listed schools or universities in Wrocław.

People who suffered from 'politcial repression' during the communist era will also be able to apply for a free MPK pass. Children under the age of 7 and people older than 69 can already travel on Wrocław's buses and trams for free.

It is estimated that up to 82,000 young people from across Wrocław will benefit from the scheme, which is to cost around 10 million zł per year.  MPK hope to partly make up the shortfall through the efficiency savings brought by its new paperless ticket system, as well as increased ticket sales among those over 21. 

In February of this year the proposal was put forward by Jacek Sutryk, the candidate for Wrocław President endorsed by current President Rafał Dutkiewicz.

However PiS' Tomasz Małek also made a similar proposal last year. He called for free public transport to be introduced for school pupils and university students, which would be paid for by increasing the price of tickets for all other groups. 

Yesterday every single councillor of every party voted in favour of the motion, which will become active on the 1st of September.

Gregor Gowans

The founder and editor of Wroclaw Uncut, Gregor has been running the website since its inception in 2012. A Wroclawian for almost 10 years, Gregor writes on a wide variety of topics including, food & drink, nightlife, local news and politics. He is also a regular guest on Radio Ram's Sunday lunch programme.

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