In a letter to the heads of secondary schools and higher education institutions in Budapest, the local government of the capital requests the introduction of a delayed school start in order to make travel more comfortable, the Budapest Transport Center (BKK) told MTI on Thursday.
According to them, in Budapest, passengers use public transport services more than four million times on an average working day. A significant part of the trips takes place specifically at times related to the start of work and school, so the operating rules of educational institutions significantly influence the development of passenger traffic.
According to BKK surveys, more than 40 percent of passengers in the morning peak are students, most of whom travel independently on public transportation. That is why the municipality of the capital initiated last summer to start teaching later in the morning for the typically self-employed high school students and higher education students.
Since September last year, the morning peak period on BKK’s main flights has been extended to 9 a.m., so the introduction of a delayed school start and the possibility of later trips are still ensured.
According to the announcement, the capital is initiating that when establishing the ring pattern for the next school year, secondary schools and higher education institutions will move the generally used school start time around 8 o’clock to the half-time range of 9 to 9 o’clock. With this step, both students and employees of educational institutions could travel more comfortably on BKK flights.
They also pointed out that during an epidemic, it is particularly important that public transport users travel as airily as possible. The introduction of a delayed school start would serve just that, as this solution can reduce the passenger load on vehicles during the busiest periods, the communication reads.