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New public transport partnership and ticketing system in Bucharest

By News Editor / Updated: 25 Jul 2017
Bucharest Tram

The Mayor of Bucharest, Gabriela Firea, has announced a single public transport ticket that can be used for the bus, metro, and train in Bucharest and the surrounding Ilfov County.

The announcement was made during the creation of the Inter-community Development Association for Public Transport Bucharest-Ilfov. The partnership will lead to public transport services in the capital being extended to its periphery. Mr Firea referred to it as a "historic moment" for transport in the city.

It was also revealed that the railway line that runs around Bucharest will be finalised. Journeys on it will be charged in the same way as bus, trolleybus or tram trips in the capital.

"I am convinced that we will now develop a public service for citizens that will make journeys that today seem long and onerous become short and  comfortable in the future" said Ilfov County Council President, Marian Petrache.

The creation of the Bucharest-Ilfov public transport system would not exclude private operators. The only condition will be that they are licensed and sign a partnership with local authorities linking them with the single, integrated public transport system. Private operators will be able to bid to run routes not covered by RATB, Bucharest's public transport provider.

To find out more, visit mediafax.ro (in Romanian).

Image credit: Tram at St. George Park in Bucharest, Romania (from Flickr) by Tim Adams under CC BY 2.0.

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