At the beginning of 2020, Prozor-Rama Municipality introduced free public transport for all its residents, and, as the only one in the country, including the wider region, solved the traffic congestion problem and reduced air pollution.
Assistant to Mayor of Prozor-Rama Josip Juricic, who is also one of the authors of this project, tells Klix.ba that the idea was actually imposed because of the needs of the residents of the area.
“The idea was imposed through daily work with citizens. We saw a need for general transportation of citizens, and this type of transportation did not exist in our municipality. In addition to the transportation of children from primary and secondary schools, we also organize the transportation of residents, “Juricic explained to Klix.ba.
The Municipality of Prozor-Rama has been fully financing the transportation of pupils for primary schools for years, although this is a legal obligation of the county, as confirmed by a court ruling last year requiring the HNK to pay the municipality for the transportation of primary school students in excess of 500,000 BAM with interest.
However, taking care of its population, the municipality provided free transportation for students of Prozor High School several years ago.
With this project, he stresses, the traffic congestion and air pollution will be reduced, but also make it easier for people who own vehicles to move around.
“The goal is generally to meet our fellow residents, especially those seniors who do not have their own vehicles and who always wait for someone to drive them. They will now be easier to move and thus reduce traffic congestion, which will automatically reduce air pollution, “Juricic explained.