Public transport in the Ljubljana Urban Region (LUR)
Ljubljana is the centre of the Central Slovenia Statistical Region and LUR, which includes 26 municipalities with a population of more than 500,000 in total and creates one third of the Slovenian gross domestic product. Since 90% of all jobs are located in Ljubljana, we are facing massivecommuting issues (over 120,000 vehicles enter the city every day). Therefore we have prepared the project Public Passenger Transport in the Region in cooperation with the LUR Regional Development Agency, with three key sets of measures:
- Park and Ride network – P+R transfer points in LUR: It was one of the most important joint projects of 26 municipalities in LUR in the period between 2007–2013, whereas its implementation in the field is already visible in the form of new P+R centres. In Ljubljana, we have already constructed 5 P+R parking lots at key locations along the city radial roads, where we enable users to transfer from their personal vehicles to public transport at city’s edge. For the P+R location study, the Regional Development Agency of Ljubljana Urban Region, Ljubljanski urbanistični zavod, d. d. and IPOP received the Golden Pencil Award for spatial planning in 2015, awarded by the Chamber of Architecture and Spatial Planning of Slovenia.
- Yellow lanes and express lines: The crucial features of an effective, comfortable and user friendly system are speed and on-time arrivals/departures. Therefore, we have introduced the “yellow lanes” on four radial roads, which means that these lanes are intended exclusively for public passenger transport vehicles.
- The integration of the public passenger transport: The project combines the already implemented and planned measures for several public transport systems, such as the introduction of a single ticket, the implementation of uniform timetables for all transport systems, the integration of planning and management, redevelopment of the public transport co-financing system and parking regulation in urban centres.
A display of the P+R transfer point system
Expert Guidelines for the Navigability of the Ljubljanica River
City of Ljubljana and Municipalities of Vrhnika, Borovnica and Brezovica have jointly prepared the project Expert Guidelines for the Navigability of the Ljubljanica River, which is a good foundation for further projects of preparing the Ljubljanica River for everyday traffic and designing its riverbanks, which will contribute to a better offer of tourist activities on and along the river as well as to comprehensive environmental protection. Within the project, a plan for the preparation of the waterways and docks between Vrhnika and the Moste lock, a safety plan and assessment of implementation costs were drafted. We started the project in 2011 and finished it in 2012. The cost of the project was EUR 170,000, of which EUR 120,700 were obtained from ERDF funds. The project is the starting point for setting up a comprehensive system for the management of navigation on the Ljubljanica River.
For the Study of the navigability of the Ljubljanica river, the Regional Development Agency of Ljubljana Urban Region, together with the project contractors (Locus d.o.o., in cooperation with Aquarius d.o.o., Medprostor d.o.o., Kopač in otroci d.o.o., and Rečni transport d.o.o.) received the Golden Pencil Award for spatial planning in 2017, awarded by the Chamber of Architecture and Spatial Planning of Slovenia.