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Sustainable development of Sofia public transport

Posted: 17 December 2015 | Metodi Avramov, Marketing Director of the Sofia Urban Mobility Centre | No comments yet

Sofia’s public transport was significantly developed in the years 2007-2013, with the introduction of extended metro lines, rolling stock and traffic management systems. Following the success of these changes, Metodi Avramov, Marketing Director of the Sofia Urban Mobility Centre, discusses how the Bulgarian capital city is now focusing on improving its public transport performance through the use of modern technology…

With the financial support of the ‘Transport’ Operational Programme, significant investments were made in metro construction. Currently two lines with a total length of 39km and 34 stations are in operation. The last two sections are 10km-long and seven stations were put into operation in the spring of 2015, including the connection to Sofia Airport. The last section of the 2nd line is under construction and will be operational in 2016.

Sofia’s public transport was significantly developed in the years 2007-2013, with the introduction of extended metro lines, rolling stock and traffic management systems. Following the success of these changes, Metodi Avramov, Marketing Director of the Sofia Urban Mobility Centre, discusses how the Bulgarian capital city is now focusing on improving its public transport performance through the use of modern technology.

With the financial support of the ‘Transport’ Operational Programme, significant investments were made in metro construction. Currently two lines with a total length of 39km and 34 stations are in operation. The last two sections are 10km-long and seven stations were put into operation in the spring of 2015, including the connection to Sofia Airport. The last section of the 2nd line is under construction and will be operational in 2016.

Public transport in Sofia has over 100 years of history, beginning in 1901 with 25 trams. Today, Sofia has the largest and most complex urban transport system in Bulgaria and is the only Bulgarian city with four modes of public transport – bus, tram, trolleybus and metro. The public transport performs over 1.3 million trips per day with more than 800 vehicles.

Important funding for development

The creation of a sustainable integrated urban transport system is a long-lasting objective of the Sofia Municipality. The measures undertaken in recent years were implemented with EU, state and municipal funding. Financial support from the ‘Transport’, ‘Regional Development’ and ‘Environment’ Operational Programmes were used in the period 2007-2013 for the development of the metro system, for the supply of rolling stock, and for the introduction of an intelligent system for traffic management.

With the financial support of the ‘Transport’ Operational Programme, significant investments were made in metro construction. Currently two lines with a total length of 39km and 34 stations are in operation. The last two sections are 10km-long and seven stations were put into operation in the spring of 2015, including the connection to Sofia Airport. The last section of the 2nd line is under construction and will be operational in 2016.

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