The end of holidays is approaching, bringing changes in the Warsaw Public Transport. The first of them will be introduced on 1 September. There will be, among others, a new bus line, new schedules and a new terminus.
In 2021, despite mass vaccinations, the pandemic is still far from over. Residents of the capital often work remotely and travel less around the city. A large group of passengers who have not used WPT vehicles for a long time are students (in the current academic year classes were mostly conducted remotely). Today, the Warsaw Public Transport is used by half as many passengers as before the pandemic; even though the pandemic's restrictions of social life have been lifted, not all passengers have resumed using public transport - usually during the holidays there were about 30% less passengers. Data analysis is carried out of the number of passengers in the vehicles of individual lines, at key transfer nodes and on the main transport routes, as well as on ticket sales, which makes it possible to adjust the operation of the WPT to the current situation.
From 1 September
The first changes in transportation after summer holidays will be introduced on 1 September. School line buses will start operating again: 304, 320, 323, 332 and 379, and buses 121, 153, 163 and 164 will stop by educational institutions, while bus line 181 will run on a longer route. The following buses will also return to service on their routes: 130, 195 (on the new route after the opening of the Warsaw Southern Ringroad), 200, 339, 340 (only during rush hours), L24, L33 and L44. The following bus lines will remain suspended: 284 (as before, buses of line 201 will reach the Znana terminus) and E-2, and on weekends: 196, 249, 256, 262 and 501. On weekends 121 line buses will run along shortened routes.
The basic timetables of the following lines will be restored: 110, 133, 140, 141, 150, 166, 170, 172, 173, 178, 183, 186, 210, 211, 245, 250, 269, 338, 411, 502, 511, 512, 517, 518, 519, 521, 522, 704, 709, 710, 713, 714, 716, 717, 719, 723, 724, 731, 736, 738, 739, 743, 750, L-4, L24 and L47, and on weekdays only for lines: 131, 179, 193, 507 and 520. Trams (during peak hours every 5 or every 10 minutes, off-peak every 7.5 or every 15 minutes) and buses of lines: 104, 105, 108, 114, 122, 158, 181, 191, 194, 523, E-1 and E-9.
ZTM will monitor the use rate of WPT vehicles on an ongoing basis and respond to passengers’ interest by adjusting the timetable, providing additional courses, or replacing the rolling stock serving a given line.
New terminus and new line
Public transport in Praga-Południe will be improved. Starting from Monday, 6 September, the route of bus line 102 will change. The timetable will be coordinated with that of line 202, thanks to which the buses on the shared section of the route will run more often. The new line 302 will run on the existing route from the Olszynka Grochowska railroad terminus to the Emilii Plater stop. These changes will improve the WPT service in the intensively developing northern part of Kamionek - the buses will travel along Chrzanowskiego Street, and in this way a connection will be established with respect to transport nodes near the Dworzec Wschodni Station (trams, buses, railroad) and near the Stadion Narodowy subway station (buses, subway, railroad). In the area of new housing estates, line 102 will support the existing line 123 (the number of seats on buses will double), and in terms of the area, for the entire northern districts of Grochów and Kamionek, together with line 202, this will improve the connection with the M2 subway line (the paired buses 102 and 202 will run every 7.5 minutes during rush hours and every 10 minutes during off-peak hours and on non-working days). At the same time, on weekdays direct connection with Śródmieście will be maintained by the 302 line. These changes have been prepared so that in the future it will be possible to direct buses to the new streets planned today. Ultimately, after the construction of Żupnicza Street along the Chodakowska - Podskarbińska section including the stops, lines 102 and 123 will be directed to the following route: ... - Chrzanowskiego - Podskarbińska - Żupnicza - ....
The new route of line 102
102: PKP OLSZYNKA GROCHOWSKA - J. Chłopickiego - Szaserów - Wiatraczna - W. Chrzanowskiego - Mińska - Chodakowska - Żupnicza - Bliska - Lubelska - J. Zamoyskiego - Targowa - Sokola - METRO STADION NARODOWY.
These are not all the changes in Kamionek. In September a new bus terminal will be opened at Podskarbinska Street. The buses of line 311 will reach it through the following route: GOCŁAW - ... - Podskarbińska - new terminus at Podskarbińska Street - Podskarbińska - Mińska - Terespolska - Grochowska - ... - GOCŁAW.