A great incentive for students to visit home without breaking the bank.
Full-time students from Split-Dalmatia County who are studying outside their place of residence will be able to use Croatian Railways for free from October 1 this year, in accordance with a contract signed by Split-Dalmatia County prefect Blaženko Boban and President of the HŽPP, Željko Ukić, reports Slobodna Dalmacija on September 14, 2018.
Prefect Boban said that this applies to all students studying anywhere in Croatia, as well as for students studying within the county, primarily Primorski Dolac, Prgomet and Kaštela, who use rail transport. He explained that the reason for such a decision was very simple – because we all have to work and make certain moves to revitalize rail transport and thereby reduce road tolls.
“Apart from going to their place of study, we want the students to return to their county, and we want to continue our future cooperation with Croatian Railways through other activities,” Boban said.
He explained that students would get free transportation with a copy of their ID card as proof of their place of residence and confirmation of their status as a student on the basis of a public call to the county. Boban then introduced the Croatian Railways ‘smart card’, which will be valid for five years, or while their studies are taking place.
Students will begin to ride freely on October 1st, and the travel program will be implemented with ‘smart cards’ as of November 1. For one student year, Split-Dalmatia County budgeted 70,000 kuna for this measure, Prefect Boban said.
The President of the Management Board of Croatian Railways (HŽPP), Željko Ukić thanked the Prefect for coming to an agreement, pointing out that Split-Dalmatia County was the first in Croatia to help students from their area with free transportation throughout the country and give them the ability to travel more often.