DPO is a leader in introducing innovations to enhance
coherent traffic. The vehicles have been equipped with
new technologies and services. Please, introduce them
and explain their impact on the number of passengers
and their comfort.
We want to be a modern part of a modern metropolis,
so we need modern improvements in the performance
of our services. I mean the quality of transport (including
safety, a clean environment, and comforts). Modern
technologies cover these spheres, and we learn about
them, understand them, and implement our findings.
In 2016 we completely replaced the onboard and
dispatching systems which now allow the implementation
of new services and technologies. The passenger
dispatching system based on cashcards is so innovative
in its features and efficiency that I daresay it is a great
phenomeno--at least within the Czech Republic. And
we keep on developing its functions. We are renewing
our fleet; requirements for the new vehicles now include
more items of active safety to reduce the number of
accidents involving our vehicles. To increase the travel
comfort of passengers, all new vehicles are equipped
with air conditioning and technology providing the
Internet access via Wi-Fi.
However, not everything is necessarily connected to
technology: becoming modern means thinking modern.
We intend to bring passengers more calm, comfort,
order and less pressure when travelling, so we introduced
“Transport Assistants” who see to these values being kept
aboard our vehicles. We plan to improve the information
service for the handicapped, too.
The indisputable reward came two years ago when the
long-term drop in number of passengers was halted, and
each year since the number has been increasing.
modern means thinking modern.
You said that the best way to move about Ostrava is by
means of public transport. What news can we expect in
the service in industrial zones?
The managements of industrial zones are the partners
whom we deal with nearly on a permanent basis. We
discuss our transport schedules with them so as to offer
services that will cover the demand for the map of
connections and their timetable. Yet current industrial
zones do not require as much public transport as they
used to in the past. Employees now prefer individual
transport and cars, which affects our role. Whoever takes
an occasional ride by DPO vehicle can clearly see the
Ostrava has focused at ecologization of transport. How
does DPO contribute?
A year ago we announced that we were going to get rid of
all diesel-powered vehicles by 2020. It is a brave plan and
we keep doing our best to make it happen. This will make
us the first large Czech transport company to go dieselfree. Our active steps involve the renewal of the fleet:
we are purchasing emission-free vehicles like streetcars,
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trolleybuses, electric buses, and environmentally-friendly
In 2016, we bought 105 CNG-powered buses to replace
over a third of our bus fleet. In 2018, we bought dozens
more. We opened our second CNG filling station
in Ostrava–Hranečník, with the CNG filling station
in Ostrava–Martinov being one of the most efficient and
largest in Central Europe. We are developing our fleet
of electric buses. We recently bought two electric buses
to serve the connection between Ostrava–Svinov and
the Klimkovice Spa. This is the first Czech electric bus
service with OppCharge ultrafast (progressive) charging.
These buses charge for 300 seconds at each arrival at
the station in Ostrava–Svinov, which allows dozens more
kilometres of operation. The buses can therefore work
continuously, without any breaks.
We also support developments in the streetcar system.
The contract for 40 new Stadler streetcars has brought
over 20 trams to Ostrava so far. We have recently
signed another contract for 30-40 large-capacity Škoda
streetcars, the first of which will come to Ostrava in 2020.
The tramway system in Ostrava is crucial; each new line
makes transport easier. We are therefore petitioning the
city planning council to extend the tramway in Ostrava–
Further proof of how successful we are in the renewal of
our fleet is that, among all the transport companies in the
Czech Republic, we receive the greatest sum of EU and
What other news will DPO introduce in the near future?
The most obvious will be new uniforms. We introduced
them to our employees in September during the Open
Days. The uniforms are smart, practical, and comfortable,
which is extremely important for the drivers who wear
them. They were designed and made for our company.
That is another example of our innovations.
We changed the colour of our vehicles: their new
corporate colour range is clearly dominated by a very
attractive turquoise, which has also became the trademark
of our new corporate culture and new approach to
passengers. It is also the symbol of the Turquoise Fund
Raising Project, which opens our charity work. We coorganize Turquoise Fund Raising in cooperation with the
Křídlení endowment fund, and I am very grateful and
thankful for our employees’ participation at this act of
social responsibility. Together with Regional Governor
Tomáš Macura, we presented the charities of Ostrava
with a cheque for 100,000 CZK.
A great novelty to start working soon is a brand new
mobile phone application called Moje DPO (My DPO).
We are in beta testing mode, and hundreds of users now
contribute their ideas and demands for its functions and
design. We want our app to make passengers happy and
willing to use it. I promise it will give you much more that
simple timetable data.
You come from the Moravian-Silesian Region, still living
in Palkovice. What is your favourite place, and what
would you recommend to a visitor in the region?
Related to DPO, I absolutely recommend a ride in tram
no. 5 from Vřesina to Zátiší. A streetcar taking passengers
outside the city is unique in the Czech Republic, and,