Vrgorac Entrepreneur Offers Intriguing Solution to Split Traffic Chaos

Daniela Rogulj

An interesting solution to the chaos that is traffic in Split in the summer. 

Summer 2018 in Split will be remembered, above all, by the traffic. With chaos erupting on the Split streets day in and out, the City even introduced a new traffic regulation in the heart of the peak season, which created a one-way street by Pazar and directed traffic to the busy bus station and ferry port. Needless to say, it didn’t help much at all. 

And just like every year, traffic continues to be the chronic question: How do you provide the civilized circulation of traffic to city transfer points during the summer season, and give residents unhindered traffic flow? 

While there have yet to be any solid solutions, there are some intriguing ideas. One offer comes from Zvonimir Pervan, a well-known Vrgorac entrepreneur, an initiator of rural tourism in Dalmatia, and a member of the Split-Dalmatia County Tourist Board assembly, reports Slobodna Dalmacija on September 30, 2018. 

Given that he’s felt the long-lasting effects of Split traffic in the summer, Pervan has elaborated on some of his interesting ideas, such as all that all tourist buses should be channeled through the Marjan tunnel, with the last station at the roundabout, as an extension to the western point of the West Coast.

“This is how I see it: the tourist buses would leave the passengers there, and then they would walk in the direction of the city. First of all, visitors would be welcomed by the West Coast, the view of the city, the decorated promenade and the catering facilities if they want to rest. The buses then head towards Kopilica, where there needs to be a large parking lot. They will stay there and wait for the guests to return. During that time, guests head towards the Riva, Diocletian’s Palace, and the center of the city. They walk around the center and enjoy the beautiful UNESCO city. They take the time they need,” says Pervan.

After they’re done with the tour, the tourists then head towards the railway station and, by means of a train with only two or three carriages, they travel to the buses at Kopilica. This fast city locomotive is constantly circulating between the Ferry Port – Kopilica – Resnik Airport and carries out the unhindered transport of passengers. 

Pervan also offers another alternative – tourist trails similar to those on Marjan, Zlatni Rat or other destinations, which would take guests out of the crowded city center.

“What do we get here? First, by shifting the mass of transportation to the West Coast, we reduce the overload of buses, thus reducing the congestion in the eastern part of the harbor. All this seems like it doesn’t matter, but keep in mind the time it takes when just one bus comes in, then the doors, open, then the passengers come out, take out their things – five minutes for one, then there’s the second, third… all this creates enormous congestion near Pazar.

Secondly, we give tourists a greater opportunity to spend this way. By train or tourist train we also have the possibility of opening a concession. And there’s money coming in. After all, these small tourist trains could drive from the Riva, from St. Frane to the Institute and back. And this is a very interesting tour for tourists,” concluded Pervan.


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