Belgrade’s public transport system (Gradsko Saobraćajno Preduzeće – GSP) is set to undergo a sweeping reorganisation, including new routes, new zones and new-look buses and trams.
The first phase of the reorganisation – the introduction of new zones for the GSP system – will begin in October. Belgrade will be divided up into four zones. What is not yet clear is how tickets will be priced and there appear to be many complications depending on whether commuters are travelling towards the city centre or towards outlying communities. The city manager reassures us that ticket prices will either remain the same (for most public transport users) or will otherwise become cheaper than they currently are.
“From the first of October, tickets will be between 5 and 45 percent cheaper for most commuters”, the city authorities say.
How this will work in practice is unfortunately far from clear at this stage.
Belgraders will also have the opportunity to vote for the colour of the city’s buses (via this link – alas, only in Serbian) – see image for the colours on offer.
The city is also expected to buy fifty new buses by the end of 2015 and the authorities expect that by the 1st of January 2016 all buses will be equipped with air conditioning and wi-fi interned transmitters.