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State to take over suburban public transport retroactively

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wikimedia commons / Marc Ryckaert (MJJR)

The Hungarian state will take over funding for the public transport of Budapest’s agglomeration retroactively from January 1, János Fónagy, state secretary of the National Development Ministry (NFM) said yesterday, according to Hungarian news agency MTI.

A local HÉV train on the line from Boráros tér to Csepel, with the former Lágymányosi Bridge, now Rákoczi Bridge, in the background. (Photo: Wikimedia Commons / Marc Ryckaert (MJJR)

The takeover encompasses public transport for commuters, including the suburban railway HÉV, retroactively from January 1, however, the Budapest city council will continue to operate the services until conditions for a smooth transition, to be completed by July 1, 2016, are in place, the state secretary said, according to MTI.

State-owned railway company MÁV will take over the three HÉV lines, with a view to tapping European Union funding available for suburban railway development, Fónagy said.

Budapest Mayor István Tarlós and National Development Minister István Seszták have been in negotiations regarding the governmentʼs takeover of public transport in the agglomeration of the capital. Seszták said on January 25 that the government is ready to bear expenditures related to public transport in the agglomeration as of January 1, 2016.

Tarlós reportedly said the capitalʼs city council will continue to provide public transport in the area until the Hungarian government assumes its management.

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