The Budapest Public Transport Company (BKV) will get HUF 32.2bn from the central government next year under a last-minute change to the 2012 budget bill approved Monday night.
MPs approved a reduction in funding for local council public transport from HUF 35.2bn to HUF 3.0bn. At the same time, Budapest was made inelligible for the funding, but got its own allocation of HUF 32.2bn.
Some conditions are attached to the funding: the Budapest local council must draw up a plan to ensure the long-term sustainability of public transport and the losses generated by public transport may not exceed the total amount of the funding.
Budapest mayor Istvan Tarlos said at a press conference on Tuesday that the HUF 32bn was not enough to finance BKV and warned that company’s services could be forced to halt around February 2 if Parliament’s decision remained unchanged. He explained that the HUF 35bn was, until now, part of subsidies paid on the basis of passenger numbers. The amount is now reduced by HUF 3bn and it was frozen until the end of March, he added.
Mr Tarlos noted that a shutdown by BKV would cost the national economy about HUF 14bn a day.