Tapping in the steelworks. The glowing metal flows out of the furnace and continues to shine brightly. Its dazzling glow fades, the steel cools, solidifies and continues to flow. The river just rumbles, taking shape, rolling on a wheel, following the other car as a car, followed by another car. The flood is endless. Metal is still pouring out of the smelter, flooding roads, squares, sidewalks, as it demands more space from the city, and seizes what it demands.
The image evoking the horror film is from reality, the vision is not a dream – it is enough to drive 10 kilometers in Budapest.
In this mass, someone just needs to adjust, know the properties of metal lava, know their future. Who knows the steel river that devours gas, snacks blood, vomits poison, makes no noise without us? We hear less and less good words about driving in the capital. Growth is no longer called development, there is more and more talk about traffic jams, bankruptcies, environmental infections, and endangering lives.
Do those who know and plan the city’s traffic also share the widespread pessimism?
Head of the Directorate General of Transport of the Metropolitan Council de. Rudolf the Great. We ask him: how do you see the present of Budapest’s transport, how do you see its future?
– Transport in Budapest certainly shows a different picture when we observe the movement of cars, and fortunately it differs when it comes to passenger transport performance. Anyone who has been to major cities in countries that are ahead in motoring can attest to the fact that those who drive there would be very happy with our traffic jams. In terms of transport performance: 80% of passengers are transported by public transport, with cars still leaving only one-fifth, and it is projected that this proportion will not exceed one-third, while public transport performance will also increase.
– Passengers are transported by cars, buses, trolleys, trams, heat and underground railways. There are many attempts in the world looking for new ways to transport large masses. Are the transport managers of the Hungarian capital thinking about new procedures and modes of transport?
– No. Existing traditional means are sufficient to perform transport tasks. A country of this size cannot kill fortunes in search of dubious procedures when we know well what we need to do.
– Budapest’s long-term transport development concept and the revision and modernization of previous long-term plans have recently been completed. Just a few conclusions, for example, from data projected for 30 years. There is only limited scope for expanding the road network, ensuring balance can only be maintained through the rapid development of public transport, especially the metro.
It is very important that public transport should be competitive with individual car use in regular daily travel.
In 10 years, the average daily road traffic will double to 1975 and triple to the 1910s. This traffic can only be handled by significantly expanding the most sensitive points of today’s road network (Danube bridges, junctions, boulevards, boulevards).
These are just some of the findings from the concept, but I think it indicates that we know what to do, they don’t require quality changes.
– The transport of the capital is burdened not only by the difficulties that are constantly coming to the fore, but also by the tasks resulting from the sudden energy savings that have been imposed on us. How can driving traffic in Budapest help save energy?
– Primarily by making public transport more attractive by “getting” those who go to work from their cars. Everyone can see that most cars only seat one or two people. Fifty cars can comfortably fit in a bus.
When the Margaret Bridge was rebuilt, many switched to the subway. They remained there even after the bridge was handed over because they found it more advantageous. We gained a similar experience when closing the Petőfi Bridge, and we consider it probable that the new passengers of the buses and trams will not want to return to the car with a key in their pockets. We have seen an increase in public transport demand since the rise in petrol prices.
– Can mass transport tolerate this?
“Yes, and we are confident that the standard of travel will not deteriorate, and in fact the peak hour congestion will decrease from the 1990s.
“It’s like a peak between rush hours.” What is the reason that buses rarely go, which also saves energy?
– Far from it. Energy efficiency in public transport cannot mean vehicle savings. The standards are stricter, the engine of stationary buses cannot run at terminals. The scarcity of buses is caused by a lack of drivers, but recently the situation has improved as a result of government measures.
The trolley program also means energy savings, and even the revision of the traffic regulations in the capital. Between the Danube and the Small Circuit, where we have already done this work, more than 250 Kresz signs have been dismantled, most of them with a waiting ban. More space, less search for parking also means savings.
– Stay in the parking lot. Finding a place is a nerve-wracking, time-consuming and time-consuming task. Why not the wise idea of “P + R”, “get out and travel on” spread faster? Where should I get out if there is no parking?
– We are creating waiting places around more and more metro stations, namely free parking lots. But don’t expect huge car parks built at once. We only build as much as we need, because building a car will cost almost 30,000 forints.
– When do you think there will be a complete bankruptcy in Budapest?
Will not. You can travel, if you have difficulties, but you will be able to in the future. Among other things, the agreed long-term concept is a guarantee for this.
Is the driver’s statement brave? “There will be no bankruptcy!” True, if he does not trust, who should hope? We know the fresh, flowery, lemon-lined cityscape cannot be reclaimed. Today, we see that development also brings with it disadvantages that sometimes break forward, suppressing the blessed side, so much so that we hardly notice it. Somehow we’re like that now with driving, we feel like weeping – at least driving others.
But the trouble also suggests useful ideas that might have come up, but in any case more slowly, in the face of more resistance. In our capital, such settled, undesirable conditions have awakened us and wake us up to the fact that urban transport is like factory production, based on division of labor. It includes buses, motorbikes, subways, cars, trams and bicycles.
There are many renunciations of this recognition, but if we do not want to imitate the bankruptcy letters of the Western European cities set as a comparison for motorization, we must save Budapest to be habitable and walkable with bold measures. Those who feel the torment of driving are confident that our traffic managers will find the way out and really avoid the city-wide traffic jam.
Motorists have already learned that it is possible to switch to the tram and expect that a car bought for expensive money will also have room.
Recordings by Péter Favics
Source: Autó-Motor by www.automotor.hu.
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