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Gabriela Firea launches programme for Bucharest

Gabriela Firea, PSD+UNPR Alliance’s candidate for the Bucharest City Hall, presented her local governance programme on Monday at the Palace of Parliament, during the “Legislative and administrative solutions for traffic decongestion in Bucharest” event. The motto of the former journalist’s programme is “results for Bucharesters.”

Gabriela Firea mainly presented a series of solutions for decongesting traffic in Bucharest and for “a Bucharest friendly to its people,” arguing that currently the city is “unfriendly with those who live here, a choked-up city.” “I plan to be a mayor with simple and clear objectives: more playgrounds and green areas, more cleanliness, better schools, modern public transportation, decongested traffic, cleaner hospitals better prepared to offer assistance. During my tenure, I want this city to restart breathing. (…) I plan to attain achievable things and for this desideratum I will always work only with specialists,” the PSD Vice President stated according to Agerpres.

In what concerns the capital city’s architecture, Gabriela Firea considers that a new General Urban Plan is needed.

If she wins the elections, the Social Democrat also plans to recreate an urban identity for downtown Bucharest, to revitalise areas that show historical and architectural diversity, to put to good use buildings that are in disrepair, but also to reconfigure the Dambovita River channel, from Unirii to Izvor Square, by building a promenade.

In what concerns the transport infrastructure, the PSD+UNPR candidate wants to renegotiate all road construction contracts.

“Unfortunately, the Bucharest City Hall’s European Funds Department is undersized. As a mayor, I will attract new specialists to this department and I will make sure there is better collaboration with institutions subordinated to the General Council,” she pointed out.

The programme presented on Monday also includes the introduction of the automated toll system for surface parking lots, featuring online and text message payment options, as well as the introduction of a single public transportation ticket that can be bought online too, including by using smartphones. Gabriela Firea also plans to turn RATB into a commercial company, with the future General Council set to own 100 percent of its shares. In what concerns the subway, the PSD Senator assured that all due diligence will be made in order to extend the subway network – finalizing the subway line toward Drumul Taberei, extending the Pipera mainline and starting works on the Alexandria, Colentina and the mainline leading up to the ‘Henri Coanda’ Airport.

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