The first urban mobility project financed with European funds was signed by the representatives of Iasi City Hall (Romania) and those of the North-East Regional Development Agency. The project regulates the procurement of trams, the rehabilitation of the track and the reconstruction of a bridge.
According to Iasi Mayor, Mihai Chirica, the project represents the non-reimbursable financing received by Iasi for the project called “Rehabilitation of tram infrastructure in Iasi – Reorganisation of traffic on Tudor Vladimirescu Boulevard”. Trams will be bought within the project and the tram track and superstructure will be rehabilitated on the route between Bucşinescu junction, Tudor Vladimirescu Boulevard and Chisinau junction, including Tudor Vladimirescu Bridge and rolling stock procurement.
“This is a very important moment for Iasi because we are the first city in the North-Eastern Region to sign the financing of a project on Axis 4 on public transport modernisation. It is a major project worth RON 114 million (over EUR 24 million) which, apart from the reconstruction of the track, it also includes the reconstruction of the bridge and tram procurement, including the installation of photovoltaic street buttons to separate the tram track of the road without preventing the crossing from one side to the other. We hope to launch works after the 25th of June on Tudor Vladimirescu Boulevard”, declared Mayor Mihai Chirica.
The project is financed through the Regional Operational Programme 2014-2020, Priority Axis 4 – Supporting urban development and the development of an efficient and attractive public transport system to serve Iasi citizens. Seven electric trams will be purchased as part of the project. Also, 2,410 metres of tram track was modernised. When implemented, the project will help reach the estimated annual target for the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions. “The contract we have signed is the first urban mobility project to receive REGIO financing. The fact that Iasi is the city that signed this contract is a natural fact, since it is the biggest city in the region and thus has the biggest financial share on this axis, but also the biggest traffic challenges. But this is not the only reason of its success, it is also the huge team effort behind these projects coordinated by Mayor Mihai Chirica and we acknowledge and appreciate their efforts. However, our thoughts and support go to all district capital cities which expect to sign similar contracts in the near future. Together, we can achieve a coherent urban development in our region”, declared Vasile Asandei, General Manager of the North-East Regional Development Agency.