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By News Editor / Updated: 18 May 2017

Bucharest set to become more bicycle friendly (Romania)

Bucharest's local government has unveiled plans to further develop the network of bicycle paths within the city. These are part of the Integrated Urban Development Plan (PIDU) and the Urban Mobility Plan Bucharest - Ilfov (PMUD (the link is in Romanian).

By News Editor / Updated: 04 May 2017

Timișoara plans to rehabilitate, extend tram network (Romania)

The public transport company of the Romanian City Timișoara has announced plans to rehabilitate and extend seven tram lines in the city.

Representatives from Regia Autonomă de Transport Timișoara (RATT) presented the plan as part of a strategic investment plan for 2017-2020.

The investment plan includes a broad range of proposals, including the construction of a bicycle workshop, a new dispatcher's office, modernisation of bus stations, a new intermodal transport hubs, improvements to port infrastructure and more.

By News Editor / Updated: 24 Mar 2017
By News Editor / Updated: 11 Jan 2017

Constanta to renew bus fleet with EBRD loan (Romania)

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.

By News Editor / Updated: 18 Nov 2016

Ilfov County to host public SUMP debate (Romania)

Ilfov County Council in Romania is to host a public debate on the Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan (SUMP) drafted for the Bucharest-Ilfov region.

The SUMP aims to achieve an efficient, integrated, sustainable and secure transport system from 2016-2030 to promote economic and social cohesion and ensure a better quality of life for citizens.

By News Editor / Updated: 25 Oct 2016

Third of new Bucharest buses to be electric (Romania)

The mayor of Bucharest has announced that 30 per cent of the new buses that are being purchased by the city's public transport operator RATB will be electric.

‘We are preparing extremely important documentation for the purchase of 500 new buses, badly needed for renewing the RATB fleet,' Mayor Gabriela Firea said.

‘Thirty per cent of these buses will be electric, which is a good sign, because we are investing in the environment.’

The preparatory documents are nearing completion and the city expects to finalise the procurement in February 2017.

By News Editor / Updated: 30 Sep 2016

Bucharest launches automated bike-sharing stations (Romania)

Bucharest has launched a new network of automated bike-sharing stations to help ease traffic and contribute to greater urban mobility in the Romanian capital.

I'Velo Urban, which was unveiled yesterday, is a project by Romanian environmental NGO Green Revolution, Raiffeisen Bank and retailer Kaufland Romania.

The network consists of six automated stations in the most important areas in the city, on public transport routes with high numbers of passengers. It includes 210 bicycles that can be rented 24 hours a day in any season.

By News Editor / Updated: 02 Sep 2016

Bucharest examines proposals for new bus-only lanes (Romania)

Bucharest’s public transport operator is in discussions with the mayor over a project to install lanes only for public transport.

The Autonomous Transportation Enterprise of Bucharest (RATB) is proposing to create 12 single-lane major arteries in the capital for buses, shuttles and taxis.

Bucharest currently has 5.8 km of lanes that are exclusively for the use of public transport.

The new network would span 20.5 km and, according to RATB, increase the operating speed of buses from 13 km/h to 20 km/h.

By Lewis Macdonald / Updated: 02 Sep 2016

Cluj-Napoca first Romanian city to introduce electric buses

Romania's second-largest city will become the first in the country to use fully electric buses in 2017.

The municipality has already begun the procurement process for 30 electric buses, which will replace part of the current fleet that run on petrol and which have in the past been received second hand from the capital, Bucharest.

The total cost of the buses is around 71 million Romanian lei ( € 15.9 million ) and each bus has a range of 250 kilometres on a single three-hour charge, making them well-suited to operate on a daily basis.

By Lucia Cristea / Updated: 05 Sep 2016