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Constanta to renew bus fleet with EBRD loan (Romania)

By News Editor / Updated: 11 Jan 2017

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) is providing a loan of 100 million lei (€22 million) to the Romanian city of Constanta for the acquisition of new low emission buses.

The introduction of the low emission vehicles is part of a public transport upgrade for Romania’s largest Black Sea port. Home to a population of 425 000, Constanta is also an important hub for commerce, trade and tourism.

The new low-floor buses will also be able to accommodate passengers in wheelchairs or with pushchairs. The vehicles will comply with the European Commission's Euro 6 emission standards for diesel engines, resulting in cleaner air and a more pleasant and efficient commute.

As part of the financial package, the EBRD plans to mobilise grant financing to help the municipality enhance its transport operations through a joint-stock company that will operate on commercial principles in order to improve the quality of services.

The Bank will also support the city in establishing a regulatory body to manage public transport services in the metropolitan area of Constanta.

An additional grant will aim to help the newly established urban transport company to develop a tool to compare operational performance over time and gain information on industry standards in order to continue improving performance.

For more information, visit ebrd.com.

Image copyright: Constanta – Trolleybusse am Schwarzen Meer (image on Flickr), by "tramfan239", licensed under CC BY-NC 2.0.

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