Elbląg is a city of 127,000 inhabitants, located in Elbląg county in northern Poland, 50 km southeast of Gdansk. It is a port on the river Elbląg, thus having access to the Baltic Sea. Notable attention is payed to the development of public transport, especially tram services.
The city’s Integrated Public Transport Development Programme for the years 2004 to 2013 is an operational document providing detailed measures to complement the Elblag Development Strategy for the years 2001 to 2015. The main aim of the programme is to create the necessary conditions for the rapid transportation of passengers and goods that gives priority to collective transport and ensures a low environmental impact. The document stresses the importance of tram services as the most reliable, environmentally friendly and economically efficient means of transportation.
Implemented measures include the modernization of the tram service; the construction of eight raised tram stops ensuring access for disabled passengers; the renovation of tram rails; the renewal of infrastructure, pedestrian crossings and traffic lights; the purchase of ecological, high-capacity, low-floor 121N trams; the introduction of a fleet of 11 buses powered by compressed natural gas (CNG) since June 2007; and the modernization of public transportation in the northern part of the city.
Elblag is proud to be one of the few cities in the country to have a new tram route, built within the EU Operational Programme “Regional Development”.
Elblag is currently developing a system of bicycle paths with accompanying infrastructure.
The city works in cooperation with the municipal transportation company Elblag Trams Ltd., private transportation companies, as well as the regional train network managed by Polish Railway Regional Transportation Ltd. (PKP) and the regional bus services managed by Polish Car Transportation Ltd. (PKS).
Summary finalized: April 2010