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A Helping Hand for Hosts with Special Guests 7 Negative Bits of Opinion, Often Expressed by Budapesters, not Always shared by Foreigners “Public transport is lousy in Budapest” This is basically not true. This statement tends to be voiced by people who don’t travel much. Budapest’s public transport is still very good. Changes last year further improved it. (One number is now allotted to either a tram or a bus, and some very long lines were created.) There are 253 bus lines, 35 tram lines, 4 commuter rail train lines, three metro lines, two ship lines, a cogwheel railway, a funicular railway and a chair-lift. Quite nice for a town of 1.7 million people. Cleanliness and general condition of the vehicles is another thing. “Budapest has dwindled its lead in the region, one that was so obvious in 1990” No doubt, it is true for Hungary, and a sentence like that can’t be denied with regards to Budapest. The traffic situation, the virulence of the homeless situation, the emergence of 23 semi-independent districts with elected mayors – they all slowed down promising developments. But despite of that, it is still a very pleasant place to live, or to visit! “Budapest is dirty as hell”. A common woe of Budapesters, not substantiated by facts. There are efforts in pressing the dog owners to make them remove the waste of their pets. In Terézváros recently, pretty enamel plaques were erected saying: “Even Theresa Town dogs can’t clean up after themselves!”

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