Rehabilitation of tram line (about 8,2km), of the road and pedestrian areas, with insertion of cycling lines for the south part of the city
That area (of around 70.000 inhabitants) used to be an industrial area before the ‘90s. After the closure of this platform (between 1990-2000), for a while the area has been depopulated. During next 10-15 years in the area appeared a lot of small and large-size small services providers and retail business, a Technological Parck and some major IT companies that made the area attractive again. Also, the residential area at the South entrance of the city increased dramatically in last 10 years, so traffic congestion become an important issue for the Municipality. The tram line (constructed during the ‘70s) have been disaffected for around 20 years after the ‘90s, and through this project the line has been reintroduced in use, this way the capacity of public transport doubled and even tripled in a very short time. Iasi Public Transport Company studies shows a major impact in traffic congestion and pollution reduction (at least 25-30% of the area population use constantly this tram line instead of personal cars and some other 8-10% occasionally). This tram line linking south area of the city with the city center and with the university area. The main beneficiaries are the inhabitants of the area, the people working in the area (mainly on It and retail field),

Resources needed

87 million lei (around 20 million Euro) from which 70 million lei (around 75%) have been European funds through ROP (ERDF)

Evidence of success

After the implementation of this project the capacity of public transport doubled and even tripled in a very short time. The project also contributes to traffic congestion & pollution reduction, the tram being one of the most ecological public transport
Another evidence of success is the fact that during current period of programming (2014-2020) 2 similar projects have been submitted for ERDF funds and are approved for getting financed.

Difficulties encountered

The most challenging part, that delayed the project for almost 2 years, have been the public tendering and contracting part for the effective works

Potential for learning or transfer

The project has a good transferability and learning potential.
The Lead partner of InnovaSUMP project have evaluated – during the Staff exchange – the possibility to transfer this good practice in Nicosia, Cyprus, creating a new tram line in the city, to be promoted for future EFSI co-funding in order to reduce congestion in the area and achieve environmental benefits.

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Main institution
Iasi Municipality
Nord-Est, Romania (România)
Start Date
June 2013
End Date
December 2015


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