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* ShoutOutThemeNaming: Back in Communist times, quite a few stations weren't so much named for their surroundings as for ideological reasons. These names were largely scrapped for more neutral location names in 1990. Remnants of that era are ''I. P. Pavlova'' station (as in Pavlov reflex) and also ''Křižíkova'' after the "Czech Edison" František Křižík.

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* ShoutOutThemeNaming: Back in Communist times, quite a few stations weren't so much named for their surroundings as for ideological reasons. These names were largely scrapped for more neutral location names in 1990. Remnants of that era are ''I. P. Pavlova'' station (as in Pavlov reflex) and also ''Křižíkova'' after the "Czech Edison" František Křižík. Both, however, do reflect still existing place names on the surface (the I. P. Pavlov Square and Křižíkova Street).


->''"Ukončete prosím výstup a nástup, dveře se zavírají."'' [[note]](Please end exit and entrance, doors will close.) It's arguably the very first complete Czech sentence many tourists hear in their lives and quite an EarWorm.[[/note]]



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->''"Ukončete prosím výstup a nástup, dveře se zavírají."'' [[note]](Please end exit and entrance, doors will close.) It's arguably the very first complete Czech sentence many tourists hear in their lives and quite an EarWorm.lives.[[/note]]





* EarWorm: ''"Ukončete prosím výstup a nástup, dveře se zavírají."''


* ExecutiveMeddling: By the Soviets. While its city layout predestined Prague for the secant-system that's so ubiquitous in the former East Block, the Metro was initially planned as a light rail, albeit with very long underground sections. Most striking, however, was the reinforcement of the Nusle bridge featuring among others a stretch of line C between I. P. Pavlova and Vysehrad that was only necessitated by the USSR's demand to employ heavy Soviet metro trains instead of a lighter home production made by Tatra. The basis for this was a cooperation treaty between the USSR and Czechoslovakia, [[TropesAreNotBad they had the expertise after all]].

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* ExecutiveMeddling: By the Soviets. While its city layout predestined Prague for the secant-system that's so ubiquitous in the former East Block, the Metro was initially planned as a light rail, albeit with very long underground sections. Most striking, however, was the reinforcement of the Nusle bridge featuring among others a stretch of line C between I. P. Pavlova and Vysehrad that was only necessitated by the USSR's demand to employ heavy Soviet metro trains instead of a lighter home production made by Tatra. The basis for this was a cooperation treaty between the USSR and Czechoslovakia, [[TropesAreNotBad [[Administrivia/TropesAreTools they had the expertise after all]].



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The first electrical streetcar was inaugurated in 1891 for the Bohemian Exhibition in the Holesovice neighborhood. The construction of metro line C meant that Wenceslas Square was torn up and its streetcar tracks weren't rebuilt to the previous standards after completion as the remote goal was ditching the tramway completely, making it lose its function as the central tramway hub that was permanently lost to Charles Square as can easily be seen in the night service network. This also meant that when the Metro was under water in 2002, rail replacement services for line C had to be done with busses whereas streetcars could fulfil that role for lines A and B. Currently (i.e. around 2020) the artificial gaps of the network around Wenceslas Square near the National Museum are in the process of being closed, but it's nowhere near close at Central Railway Station.

Prague tramways was also [[OlderThanTheyThink an infamous pioneer showcase]] for a specific form of modern terrorism: On June 10th 1973, truck driver Olga Hepnarova, [[WhatDoYouMeanItsNotPolitical void of any political motivation and merely in for the kill]][[note]]The end of Prague Spring 1968 was still in vivid memory and Communist takeover saw its 25th anniversary, so it was a shock it wasn't a political statement.[[/note]] with a recorded history of mental illness, drove into a crowd of passengers waiting for their streetcar at Strossmayer Square station in the north of Prague [[note]]also in Holesovice in the central bend of the Vltava River, crossing of 9 tramway lines as of 2019 and not far from Metro station Vltavska nowadays[[/note]] and killed 8 people. She was subsequently executed by hanging in 1975, making her the last executed woman in the history of Czechoslovakia.
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In 2017, Czech Railways presented the concept "Metro S" for consolidating suburban railway services into twin crossrail tunnels both providing common interchanges at Florenc and Opera stations in order to access all four metro lines (B/C at Florenc, A/C/D at Opera straddling between Muzeum and Praha hl. n. stations) and is supposed to be realized in the scope of two decades, relieving capacities in a way that the closure of Masarykova terminal in its state of disrepair becomes a real possibility. Tangible plans of modernizing the railway to Kladno and Vaclav Havel Airport by building a deep underground tunnel with interchanges at Hradcanska station and Veleslavin railway station (both line A) are also underway in the meantime.


It's still a work in progress, many of the Esko lines are still regional trains that merely got relabeled while others meet the classical S-Bahn criteria (electrified, clock-face scheduling, max. 30 minute headway) and are preferably run with blue and red ČD Class 471 trains called "CityElefant". A very important pre-condition for the introduction of Esko services was the construction of the ''Nové spojení'' (New Connection) that greatly improved connections between Prague's northern railways and Prague Central Station.

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It's still a work in progress, many of the Esko lines are still regional trains that merely got relabeled while others meet the classical S-Bahn criteria (electrified, clock-face scheduling, max. 30 minute headway) and are preferably run with blue and red ČD Class 471 trains called "CityElefant"."[=CityElefant=]". A very important pre-condition for the introduction of Esko services was the construction of the ''Nové spojení'' (New Connection) that greatly improved connections between Prague's northern railways and Prague Central Station.


Plans for a subway date back to the turn of the century and especially inter-war Czechoslovakia, already featuring plans for a [[OlderThanTheyThink secant-system with three lines and three transfer stations between them]] that would later become typical for subway systems in the Communist East Block, the city layout just fit to it. Making it a completely underground system was a decision that was made very late, however. Before the war, it should be a combined elevated and underground system akin to Berlin or, how it was intended to become when construction started in 1966, a light rail system connected to overground tram lines in the city's outskirts. But in 1967, it was decided that the digging should result in a full-fledged underground system due to Soviet influence.

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Plans for a subway date back to the turn of the century and especially inter-war Czechoslovakia, already featuring plans for a [[OlderThanTheyThink secant-system with three lines and three transfer stations between them]] that would later become typical for subway systems in the Communist East Block, the city layout just fit to it. Making it a completely underground system was a decision that was made very late, however. Before the war, it should be a combined elevated and underground system akin to [[UsefulNotes/BerlinUAndSBahn the Berlin Metro]] or, how it was intended to become when construction started in 1966, a light rail system connected to overground tram lines in the city's outskirts. But in 1967, it was decided that the digging should result in a full-fledged underground system due to Soviet influence.


* NotInMyBackyard: It would have been so much cheaper to upgrade the existing Prague-Kladno railway to modern standards in order to access Vaclav Havel Airport, but don't tell this the residents of precincts V and VI in the northwest of Prague that were rather afraid of train noises harassing their good neighborhoods. That's why line A currently gets extended.

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* NotInMyBackyard: It would have been so much cheaper to upgrade the existing Prague-Kladno railway to modern standards in order to access Vaclav Havel Airport, but don't tell this the residents of precincts V and VI in the northwest of Prague that were rather afraid of train noises harassing their good neighborhoods. That's why line A currently gets extended. And it also caused a rail extension - any rail extension - to Vaclav Havel Airport to get stuck in DevelopmentHell


Just as BritainIsOnlyLondon, Prague and its central Bohemian hinterland make up the backbone of the Czech Republic, economically, culturally and anything else what makes a primate city. But only in 2007 did Prague with its environs get what other metropolitan areas in Europe take for granted, a system of commuter rail akin to the German S-Bahn or French RER systems. They labeled them ''Esko''. [[note]]Czech natives often refer to their metro lines as nouns (A-chko, Be-chko, Tse-chko etc.) instead of saying "line A/B/C" etc.[[/note]]

The Czechs indeed have to make up for lost time. Rail was a foreign body to the otherwise integrated public transport system and employed different fare systems, leading to redundant services along some rail lines. Fare integration happened in the 1990s, but the major boost only came with the 2002 flood when vital parts of the Metro were flooded [[note]]Endangered metro stations were indeed secured, but the construction site of the line C extension to Ladvi wasn't.[[/note]] and people at one time depended on the classic, albeit unsexy railway.

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Just as BritainIsOnlyLondon, Prague and its central Bohemian hinterland make up the backbone of the Czech Republic, economically, culturally and anything else what makes which distinguishes a primate city. But only in 2007 did Prague with its environs get what other metropolitan areas in Europe take for granted, a system of commuter rail akin to the German S-Bahn or French RER systems. They labeled them ''Esko''. [[note]]Czech natives often refer to their metro lines as nouns (A-chko, Be-chko, Tse-chko etc.) instead of saying "line A/B/C" etc.[[/note]]

The Czechs indeed have to make up for lost time. Mainline Rail was a foreign body to the otherwise integrated public transport system and employed different fare systems, leading to redundant services along some rail lines. Fare integration happened in the 1990s, but the major boost only came with the 2002 flood when vital parts of the Metro were flooded [[note]]Endangered metro stations were indeed secured, but the construction site of the line C extension to Ladvi wasn't.[[/note]] and people at one time depended on the classic, albeit unsexy railway.


* EarWorm: ''"Ukončete, prosím, výstup a nástup, dveře se zavírají."''

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* EarWorm: ''"Ukončete, prosím, ''"Ukončete prosím výstup a nástup, dveře se zavírají."''


Just as BritainIsOnlyLondon, Prague and its central Bohemian hinterland make up the backbone of the Czech Republic, economically, culturally and anything else what makes a primate city. But only in 2007 did Prague with its environs get what other metropolitan areas in Europe take for granted, a system of commuter rail akin to the German S-Bahn or French RER systems. They labeled them ''Esko''. [[note]]Czech natives often refer to their metro lines as adjectives (A-chko, Be-chko, Tse-chko etc.) instead of saying "line A/B/C" etc.[[/note]]

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Just as BritainIsOnlyLondon, Prague and its central Bohemian hinterland make up the backbone of the Czech Republic, economically, culturally and anything else what makes a primate city. But only in 2007 did Prague with its environs get what other metropolitan areas in Europe take for granted, a system of commuter rail akin to the German S-Bahn or French RER systems. They labeled them ''Esko''. [[note]]Czech natives often refer to their metro lines as adjectives nouns (A-chko, Be-chko, Tse-chko etc.) instead of saying "line A/B/C" etc.[[/note]]


->''"Ukončete, prosím, výstup a nástup, dveře se zavírají."'' [[note]](Please end exit and entrance, doors will close.) It's arguably the very first complete Czech sentence many tourists hear in their lives and quite an EarWorm.[[/note]]



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->''"Ukončete, prosím, ->''"Ukončete prosím výstup a nástup, dveře se zavírají."'' [[note]](Please end exit and entrance, doors will close.) It's arguably the very first complete Czech sentence many tourists hear in their lives and quite an EarWorm.[[/note]]




The Czech capital of Prague has an extensive system of public transport. Besides busses, the world-renowned trams made by Tatra (or lately Škoda) and the relatively young commuter rail Esko, there's also the [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin big ABC of public transport]] that forms its backbone, the ''Metro v Praze''.

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The Czech [[UsefulNotes/TheCzechRepublic Czech]] capital of Prague has an extensive system of public transport. Besides busses, the world-renowned trams made by Tatra (or lately Škoda) and the relatively young commuter rail Esko, there's also the [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin big ABC of public transport]] that forms its backbone, the ''Metro v Praze''.


After HoleInFlag, several stations changed their names as the old ones reminded too much of Communism. And in 2002, the Metro was flooded in the centennial high waters that affected much of Central Europe.

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After HoleInFlag, UsefulNotes/HoleInFlag, several stations changed their names as the old ones reminded too much of Communism. And in 2002, the Metro was flooded in the centennial high waters that affected much of Central Europe.


According to TheOtherWiki, the Prague Metro is the [[OverlyNarrowSuperlative most-used subway worldwide on a per capita basis]]. Its service starts at 4:00 to 5:00 in the morning until 24:00 (Sunday to Thursday nights) or 1:00 (Friday and Saturday nights) and runs every 2-3 minutes at rush hour. Nightcrawlers will have to depend on special night-time tram lines numbered from 50 to 59, busses likewise go from 500 onwards.

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According to TheOtherWiki, Wiki/TheOtherWiki, the Prague Metro is the [[OverlyNarrowSuperlative most-used subway worldwide on a per capita basis]]. Its service starts at 4:00 to 5:00 in the morning until 24:00 (Sunday to Thursday nights) or 1:00 (Friday and Saturday nights) and runs every 2-3 minutes at rush hour. Nightcrawlers will have to depend on special night-time tram lines numbered from 50 to 59, busses likewise go from 500 onwards.


* ColorCodedForYourConvenience: An acoustic version deserves special mention as the trains on each line have their own speakers for public service announcement.

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* ColorCodedForYourConvenience: On maps and next to the station signs, also helping to indicate crossroads stations: the A line is green, B is yellow and C is red. An acoustic version deserves special mention as the trains on each line have their own speakers for public service announcement.

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