On Saturday, July 16, changes to bus routes come into force in connection with the opening of two new metro stations: Ulrychów and Bemowo. District councilors accuse the Public Transport Authority of not taking into account the votes of residents in public consultations. The changes are to include, among others the popular lines 171 and 190.
“The Wola District Council, guided by the interests of the residents and responsibility for the development of the district, expresses once again this year its firm opposition to the plans to change the routes of bus lines 171 and 190. In our opinion, the Public Transport Authority did not take into account the voice of the residents expressed during the public consultations” – Wola councilors wrote in their position.
Councilors from Wola: residents did not want changes
They emphasized that they appreciated the positive changes brought about by the expansion of the second metro line for the entire Warsaw agglomeration, but the residents did not want to change the routes of bus lines 171 and 190 during public consultations.
“We informed that their current route allows residents to reach many places in the city far from the metro. Both lines offer easy access – without having to change trains – to central and local government institutions (including the Town Hall in Wola and the Social Welfare Center at al. Solidarności), hospitals such as the Lung Hospital, Ophthalmology Hospital, Clinical Hospital or in Solec, SPZOZ Warszawa Wola-Śródmieście outpatient clinics in Leszno, educational institutions, including the Institute for the Deaf, cultural units, shopping centers, sports facilities and green areas. with metro line I. They are also a convenient connection for people working in Wola who come here every day from other districts and nearby towns “- wrote the councilors.
They explained that line 171, going through the center of Warsaw, has for years been a customary connection for people who can directly reach Torwar and the Legia stadium by bus, while line 190 helps to move through Bankowy Square to the Old Town and the right bank of Warsaw. “Both lines serve to a large extent seniors, people with disabilities and parents with small children, for whom numerous transfers will be inconvenient” – they added. They recalled that they had already called in May for the lines 171 and 190 to remain in their current shape.
Line 155 would connect Torwar with Wola
They noticed that the only acceptable change proposed by the Public Transport Authority is the creation of line 155, which will connect Torwar with Wola via pl. Banking. However, they appeal to modify its route in the Wola District.
“In the current plans, the line 155 will start the route at the terminus, Zajezdnia Wola, from where the buses will head towards Torwar. In our opinion, the starting stop should be Koło (near the Bazar na Kole), then we recommend going along Księcia Janusza street, then Górczewska street in the direction of Młynarska Street. This change will improve the comfort of travel for more residents of Wola, among others from such areas of the district as: Koło, Ulrychów and Młynów “- wrote the councilors.
In their position, they unanimously called for the preservation of 171 and 190 on the current routes. “We regretted the fact that the Public Transport Authority did not take into account neither the voice of the residents expressed during the public consultations, nor our postulates as Councilors of the Wola District, which in turn will have a negative impact on the comfort of travel not only in the Wola district, but throughout Warsaw. The changes are to come into force on July 16, 2022, so we suggest that the existing plans should be changed again. For the benefit of the inhabitants, lines 171 and 190 should remain on the same routes, and the route of the 155 bus should be modified in line with our proposal “- they added.
“We regretted the fact that the Public Transport Authority did not take into account neither the voice of the residents expressed during the public consultations, nor our postulates as the councilors of the Wola District,” said Urszula Kęcik-Staniszewska, vice-president of the Wola district council. “These changes will have a negative impact on the comfort of traveling not only in Wola” – she noted.
Also councilors from Bemowo were against the cuts
The council members of Bemowo, who also took a position against the decisions of the ZTM, are also opposed to changes to the routes.
– We are of the opinion, both the council and the residents, that the changes proposed by the Public Transport Authority are simply unacceptable. ZTM uses the old tactics. First liquidate something, then give it back. But we will fight for the residents to be able to use these lines in the same formula as it was before the metro was commissioned. Because on the one hand the metro has become a blessing of Bemowo, and on the other hand a curse – said the Polish Press Agency Jarosław Dąbrowski, chairman of the Bemowo district council.
ZTM introduces changes on Saturday, July 16. Line 171, which used to go from Torwar to Chomiczówka, has been shortened to the Bemowo metro station. Line 190 running from Marki, instead of Bemowo (Górczewska Axis), will end the route at the Znana stop.
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