The Deputy Mayor of Belgrade, Goran Vesic, said that the city of Belgrade would introduce the river transport as a part of the public transportation system and that the subscription tickets in the existing transportation system would be used there too.
– In order to know what to ask for from a future partner in this job, as well as where future public water transport stops will be and the frequency of the boats, we have announced a tender for a feasibility study on public river transport in Belgrade, Vesic said and added that the deadline for selecting experts to design the study is February 12.
He remarked that Belgrade has nearly 200 kilometers of river banks and that there is no city in Europe with such access to water that also doesn't have developed passenger river transport, Beoinfo portal reports.
– The investments in river transport are much lower than investments in roads. This mode of transportation would be faster and more efficient, as traffic congestion is increasing in Belgrade due to almost 740,000 vehicles. Of those vehicles, almost 540,000 are cars, which is 90,000 more than six years ago. River transport is faster, more efficient and more environmentally friendly, explained the deputy mayor.
Vesic added that he believed Belgrade had the conditions to develop passenger river transport thanks to its location, and especially its orientation in spatial development, from Obrenovac to Zemun and Grocka.
He specified that the feasibility study would represent the basis for launching a public-private partnership tender through which the city would seek a partner for river transport.