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The Czech Republic has often been criticized for their environmentally unfriendly policies: no emission controls on vehicles, soviet era power plants, and the world’s highest per capita carbon emissions.

In a bid to become “greener”, the Czech Republic has introduced public transportation for their major cities. Here’s a picture of one of the new trains in action:

Czech Republic Brno Street Train

Looks pretty environmentally friendly, right? Here are a few more pictures:

Czech Republic Brno Old Train

Czech Republic Brno Transportation

Czech Replublic Brno Train

Actually, these pictures are of trains going through the Czech city of Brno. The city had planned on moving some of their train stations and tracks from the downtown area by 2017, but has since run out of money. With no other options, the trains continue chugging through this city of almost 400,000.

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12 Responses to “The Czech’s Answer to Green Transportation”

  1. on 26 Mar 2007 at 10:38 am Anthony

    I thought it was a joke until I went to the site and looked through all the photos there.

    From the pics you posted, I thought that was steam and I would say it wouldn’t be poluting much, but I went to the link and its very obvious that much of the smoke plumes are toxic :)

    Anthony
    OneDollarBlog.com

  2. on 26 Mar 2007 at 1:09 pm Dan

    It’s ‘greeness’ depends upon whether it’s burning coal/fossil fuels (bad) or wood from a sustainable source (good).

  3. on 26 Mar 2007 at 2:48 pm Tracey

    Works for me! I’d love to have one of those headed down our streets. Think of the cool photo opportunities it would afford =)

  4. on 26 Mar 2007 at 3:41 pm BOSSY

    Bossy thinks the plume of smoke in the last photo is in the shape of the Michelin Man.

  5. on 01 Jun 2007 at 6:53 am Obi-Wan

    Are you friggin’ crazy??

    This is only an attraction, taking place once upon a time! Why do you think there are the two police cars??
    Our trains look like this:

    http://www.prahamhd.vhd.cz/Draha/2007/kyje1.jpg
    http://www.prahamhd.vhd.cz/Draha/pendolino1.jpg

    and our trams like this:

    http://www.pragoimex.cz/i/Image/IMG_1553.jpg

    So next time think twice before writing bulls**t like this!

    P.S.: Even the fact that some of you actually believe it could be funny, but I find it alarming – jeez, we’re not some fu**ing Bangladesh here!

  6. on 01 Jun 2007 at 8:10 am 666

    As I am from Brno, I must say: lol:)

  7. on 01 Jun 2007 at 8:14 am T

    Great joke. :)

  8. on 01 Jun 2007 at 8:47 am Petr

    And after the humor, some reality. The rails lead from the Central station to the Brno´s Exhibition Fair, which is the biggest fair area in Czech republic. It happens quite often that some trains are being exhibited there, so the pictures just show a transportation of an “exhibit” to the fair.
    The movement of the Central station doesnt have to do anything with these pictures. It should be performed in order to connect Brno on high-speed train corridors to Bratislava and Prague.

  9. on 01 Jun 2007 at 9:07 am Já

    You are as stupid as washingmachine.
    That´s not a public transport. The train is heading for the exhibition at Brno…

  10. on 10 Jun 2007 at 8:41 am Sharkezi

    Tyvole jak muze byt nekdo takovej idiot a napsat takhle stupidni clanek….. fakt nektery lidi nemaji mozek….to si fakt myslel ze tohle je verejna doprava v Brne???
    Bloody hell, how can someone be such an idiot and write such a stupid article….honestly, some people don’t have a brain…did he really think this was public transport in Brno???

  11. on 10 Jun 2007 at 10:22 am Anita Bath

    Sharkezi et al – it was a JOKE. That’s why it was labeled “Not News” (meaning – satire).

  12. on 12 Jun 2007 at 3:30 am Michi

    Obi-Wan: Wow! Not “ben”, but you’re joker! Be serious! Our trains look like this:
    http://img.radio.cz/pictures/r/doprava/vlak_motorak5x.jpg
    http://www1.istockphoto.com/file_thumbview_approve/782990/2/istockphoto_782990_czech_train_in_station.jpg
    and sometimes like this:
    http://nailthatcatfish.tripod.com/CZECH2.jpg

    and our trams like this:
    http://www.subways.net/czek/prague%20strassenbahn%20035.jpg

    Your pictrues are really nice, but really rare too.

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