Iasi city to develop urban rail projects worth EUR 50 million

The municipality of Iasi (Romania) has submitted two important infrastructure projects for obtaining European non-reimbursable funds. The projects include the rehabilitation of tram lines as well as the acquisition of new trams. We remind that in mid-August the projects received the go ahead from local councilors.
The first project involves the rehabilitation of the tram line on the Bucsinescu – Tudor Vladimirescu – Calea Chisinaului route, including the reconstruction of T. Vladimirescu bridge. At the same time, Iasi municipality wants to purchase five new trams.
“The project has a value of RON 113 million, about EUR 24 million,” Iasi mayor Mihai Chirica said.
The second project concerns the rehabilitation of the rail lines on three tram routes: Cinci Drumuri – Nicorita Street, Ros Bridge – Primaverii and Virgil Sahleanu Blvd (between the intersection with the Metallurgiei blvd and Tutora line). Regarding this project, which includes the acquisition of seven new trams, the total value amounts to RON 114 million (EUR 24.4 million).
“We are currently working on a project that will be finalised in October, this is Iasi-Dancu tram line section. For this, we are preparing the documentation for obtaining European funding,” the Mayor of Iasi added.
He then said that the project will be submitted for accessing the funds at the end of October, and the total value reaches almost EUR 100 million (EUR 21.4 million).
Among other things, more than 8.1 km of tram lines will be upgraded and 12 new trams will be purchased. The funds will be provided by the European Union.
“The projects will be financed through the Regional Operational Program, Axis 4, according to which the municipality of Iasi is financed with approximately EUR 58 million. There are infrastructure projects aimed at increasing urban mobility and reducing the carbon footprint. These projects are developed in parallel with others alike that we voted at the end of July, amounting to EUR 78 million, for the purchase of new electric buses and trams,” Mihai Chirica said.
New projects to modernise urban rail transport in Romania deployed in cities such as Oradea, Galati, Arad, Timisoara, Braila, Cluj and Bucharest will be debated in the panel specially drafted this year for the second day of the Railway Days Summit, an event to be held in Bucharest from 16 to 17 October, 2018.

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