Bucharest metro increases access to transport (Romania)

By Lewis Macdonald / Updated: 04 Jul 2016

Bucharest's metro network has announced that it will implement routes for use by visually-impaired passengers at its existing metro stations.

The routes will be marked using special ceramic tiles. It is one of a number of measures that the Bucharest metro is developing to ensure that passengers with disabilities and additional needs are accommodated on the network.

This includes the use of markings and icons that make it obvious that stations are accessible, as well as the presence of trained staff who can assist passengers. Metro trains also feature special areas in the first and last carriages for use by people using wheelchairs or other mobility aids.

Further legislation also guarantees free metro travel for passengers with severe disabilities and people accompanying them. The improvements in accessibility are being guided by Romania's legislation for protecting and promoting the rights of disabled people, as well as relevant EU recommendations.

The Bucharest metro is currently undergoing a massive expansion. Line 4 is being extended and two new lines are under construction.

For more information, visit jurnalul.ro (in Romanian).

Image copyright: Gara de Nord Metro, Bucharest, Romania (photo on Flickr) by "yeowatzup", licensed under CC BY 2.0

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