General Mayor of Bucharest Gabriela Firea and Minister of Transport Razvan Cuc have convened to implement solutions in respect to the lines of rail freight that transit the city, so that the freight trains will no longer travel through the Capital, the Bucharest City Hall (PMB) mentions.
Gabriela Firea has met on Wednesday, at the PMB headquarters, with Minister Cuc in order to discuss aspects regarding the improvement of traffic conditions of the Capital.
“I want to find the fastest and most efficient solutions so that the trains that cross Bucharest, especially in the North area, do not create traffic jams. As you well know, no European Capital is transited by freight trains. Following an analysis carried out by specialists who worked on the Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan, it was revealed that this type of transport must be moved at the city’s outskirts. The temporary solution I want to implement until the beginning of September, when the traffic is to increase once the schools open, is the re-thinking of this trains, so that they won’t transit the Capital at rush hours,” Firea stated.
Transport Minister Cuc ensured that specialists with the ministry will consider changing the programs of these trains, so they won’t transit the city at rush hours.
Razvan Cuc also mentioned that, until the end of October, the ministry is to rehabilitate the railroad on the outskirts of the Capital, from own funding, thus, making possible to move trains on this line.
According to the PMB, also discussed was taking over the Municipality of Bucharest Metropolitan Transport Authority, currently attached to the Transport Ministry. Ministry’s specialists have expressed the availability to hand over this authority to the PMB, taking into account that this institution regulates and monitors local transportation in the Bucharest-Ilfov metropolitan area.
The two officials also decided to set up a mixed working group made up of representatives of the PMB and the Transport Ministry, that will identify legal solutions in order to relocate bus terminals in the adjacent areas of Bucharest.