Budapest Cycle Project Sees Two-Month Delay

  • 12 Jun 2014 2:40 AM
Budapest Cycle Project Sees Two-Month Delay
A public cycle rental system in Budapest could be up and running in July after a two-month delay, senior officials told a press conference on Tuesday. BuBi (Budapest Bicycle) should have been inaugurated on April 7 under a contract with a consortium of MOL and T-Systems, Dávid Vitézy, the head of the Budapest Transport Centre (BKK), said.

The reason for the delay is that the software is not ready. Some functions on the touch-screen terminals do not work and neither do all bankcards.

The system comprises 76 docking stations with 1,000-1,500 bikes ready.

One hundred testers are peddling around every day, said Balázs Szeneczey, deputy mayor of Budapest. Fully 80% of the project costing 1.1 billion forints (EUR 3.6m) is funded by the European Union, he noted.

T-Systems is being fined 1.8 million forints per day (EUR 6,000) for the delay and it has so far paid 104 million forints, Vitézy said.

A maximum penalty of 180 million forints applies by July 16, he said, adding that BKK could terminate the contract if BuBi is not ready for launch by then.

Gábor Horvath, branch director of T-Systems, said their mistake had been to underestimate “the integration requirements” of the various software systems.

Vitézy pledged all support to T-Systems in fixing the problem. Terminating the contract would be risky since this would involve inviting a new tender, he said.


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