Based on resolutions 1827/2010 (X.27.) and 1835/2010 (X.27.) of the General Assembly of the Municipality of Budapest, BKK provides quarterly updates on the transformation of the traffic-related governance system of Budapest and on the operational progress of BKK, which makes it possible to track the already on-going process. Municipal representatives received their first update on the 24 November 2010 and the second on the 6 April 2011 special session of the General Assembly. Please find the reports in a downloadable form below.
Progress of the governance reform
In the course of the implementation of the concept of transport governance transformation,
BKK has started to:
- set up the company’s governance and legal framework
- ensure the personnel and financial conditions of current and future operation of the company
- prepare the professional decisions and their implementation necessary for the governance reform
- cooperate in professional tasks in the professional field of transport
The activities of source organisations relevant for the concept of governance reform were examined and the list of tasks to be integrated into BKK based on the above concept was laid down. In addition, the legal concept of the integration of source organisations was prepared. Based on this information, a source organisation integration task list and schedule was created.
Several resolutions have recently been passed by the General Assembly regarding transport development tasks, which resulted in BKK’s taking a part in the preparation, management and delivery of certain projects co-financed by the EU.
The General Assembly approved the main documents in connection with BKK’s operation:
- the Founding Document of the Company
- the Rules of Procedure of the Supervisory Board legally belonging to the scope of competence of the General Assembly
- BKK’s public service contract was approved on the April 2011 session of the Assembly
- the auditor of the company (BDO Ltd) was selected by the Founder
- the Economic Committee already approved and the 25 May session of the General Assembly is to approve the 2011 Business Plan of BKK
BKK’s current results in transport development
Starting from its establishment, beyond the governance reform, BKK has been involved in several other transport development projects of the Municipality of Budapest, such as:
- preparation and technical review of the annual road reconstructions
- transport-related professional international relations and contacts
- development of ticket control activity, involving public-space supervising officers into ticket control, preparation of modification to the tariff regulation
- compilation of the 2011 Public Transport Schedule Parameters Guideline (“Parameter Book”) and BKV’s 2011 Annual Project Plan
- coordination of traffic management technology developments
- preparation of long-term financing schemes for the individual transport sectors and public transport as a whole
- BKK has completed the professional preparation and coordination of the 2011 Public Transport Schedule Parameters Guideline, which introduced major service improvements from May 2011, including the all-night service of tramline 6, the development of the transport to and from Liszt Ferenc International Airport and the introduction of higher frequency of some bus routes, etc.
- BKK prepared several tariff regulation modifications, among them the validity extension of 24-hour, 72-hour and weekly passes to include rail and regional bus operator Volánbusz services; monthly passes are available again without the requirement of a photo of the holder as required by certain public institutions. Along with the tariff regulation modifications, one thing remained unchanged: for the first time in 15 years, there was no increase in public transport fare prices in Budapest.
- BKK participated in the preparation of BKV’s 2011 Annual Project Plan, which resulted in more available funds for public transport improvement (11 billion Hungarian Forints; 41 million EUR) than in any previous year. Also as a result of this plan, second-hand buses and trolleys will be delivered to Budapest which are more modern than the currently running vehicles; additionally, more funds are available for tram-track refurbishment than at any time previously. A mini-project on Kassai tér solved the prioritisation of trolley buses.
- BKK introduced the “palm” warning signs in Budapest to stop drivers approaching highways, bridges and dual carriageways from the wrong direction and to protect other drivers
- BKK has started to prepare the public service model required for the replacement of buses
- BKK has started the preparation of the automated fare collection system following the decision of the General Assembly to start the project
- The General Assembly of the Municipality of Budapest, approved one of the most significant new EU-funded projects at BKK’s proposal, the tram and trolley bus procurement project
- BKK successfully took over the management of the development project of tram lines 1 and 3, which resulted in the Hungarian government’s decision in May 2011 to approve the project worth nearly 35 billion Forints (130 million EUR); the works can start in 2012
- The recommendation of the National Development Agency was accepted, which finally removes the obstacles from the realisation of the interweaving tram network project in Buda
- BKK has submitted the so called preparatory projects to the National Development Agency with the approval of the General Assembly of the Municipality of Budapest, which signify the preparation of the fixed-rail network developments of the following decade
- With the participation of BKK, the Municipality of Budapest took the matter of public parking into its own hands and entrusted its wholly owned Parking Ltd with the operation on municipal roads
- BKK prepared a legislative change whose acceptance made it possible to involve public-space supervising officers in ticket controlling and upholding of order on public transport vehicles in Budapest
- BKK actively participated in the rescuing of the on-going activities of the Budapest Szíve Project (Heart of Budapest), in the correction of faulty project management and the successful conclusion
- Jointly with the Municipality of District 5 of Budapest, BKK started the preparation of Stage 2 of the Budapest Szíve Project, which covers the renovation of Ferenciek tere and the reconstruction of Széchenyi István tér
- We reinvigorated the plans for a bicycle hire scheme in Budapest, the BuBi project received EU co-funding, realisation is expected to start soon
- BKK participated in the realisation of several EU-funded transport projects, such as the development of bus lanes and bicycle paths
- We participated in the preparation of the contracts in connection with the organisation of the 2011 Sziget-fesztivál (an annual summer music festival on Óbuda Island), which resulted in a better public transport service to the venue than in previous years with the event organiser contributing financially
- We achieved the introduction of smoking ban in all public transport stops in Budapest
- Based on BKK’s recommendations, the special minibuses transporting disabled citizens have become a part of the tariff system, which means that their services can now be used with passes and tickets as opposed to the earlier system where two single tickets were required
- Based on BKK’s proposal, the General Assembly of the Municipality of Budapest decided on the landscaping of Margit Bridge’s bridgehead areas along with the improvement of connections for cyclists and the creation of a pedestrian level- crossing on Jászai Mari tér (Pest side), all of which up till now have been missing from the bridge reconstruction project