Bistriţa City plans to introduce tram transport

BistritaThe mayor of the City of Bistriţa, Ovidiu Creţu, has announced that in 2014 the municipality would take the first steps for the construction of a tram line in Bistriţa. RON 330,000 will be allocated to the design of the line route from the local budget for 2014.
The tram line would connect Viişoara and Unirii districts, passing through the centre of the city. The route will cross either Liviu Rebreanu pedestrian area or Dornei Street, the exact location being determined by the designer. The project for the construction of the tram line in Bistriţa is estimated at around EUR 20 Million and the municipality wants to apply for European funds to finance the contracts.

Among the motivations underlying the decision to study the possibility of introducing a tram line in Bistriţa is the need to improve the environmental indicators in the city, by reducing harmful emissions from the use of individual transport modes, developing local tourism (the city has a total of 20 historical monuments, many of them hosting museums, memorial houses or art galleries – editor’s note) and consolidating the proposed objective Bistriţa – the Green City.
In addition, the city of Bistriţa is interested in creating a metropolitan area, which would allow a better absorption of European funds and the capitalisation of the lands around Bistriţa.
“Compared to other cities in the world, in terms of traffic, mobility and pollution, Bistriţa is an uncivilised city. We travel only by small cars that have the highest level of pollution. The tram would civilize Bistriţa”, said Mayor Creţu within the extraordinary meeting of the Local Council of this year for the approval of the City Hall’s budget.
According to the plan published by the municipality, the tram will connect the component localities Viişoara and Unirii, crossing the historic centre through Gheorghe Şincai Street, Piaţa Centrală, Dornei Street, Piaţa Unirii, Liviu Rebreanu Street. Since on these streets, the existing prospect is quite low, the possibility that the tram line should run on a single stretch will also be studied, the tram traffic being driven in both directions with electric lights. According to the project plan, the length of the green transport line reaches approximately 15 km.
According to the investment description “the analysis of the context in which the project will be implemented will be presented, describing the specific problems/needs identified which will be met by the project and a detailed and justified motivation of the necessity and opportunity of the project implementation will be provided, including by presenting a comparison to at least another alternative solution to the identified problem and the advantages of the recommended solution. By alternative solution, the contracting authority understands a green public transport mode, excluding the possibility of presenting as alternative solutions: the solution with no investment, changing the route, etc. Also, the comparative situation will present the benefits from the economic, social and environmental points of view that will be obtained after the project implementation in the recommended version”.
The City of Bistriţa, the capital city of Bistriţa-Năsăud County, is located in the north-eastern part of the Transylvanian Plateau, in Bistriţa Depression and is crossed by the river with the same name.

[ by Elena Ilie ]
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