The second Study Visit within the TRAM project will take part on 20 and 21 June 2017 in the North-West Region in Romania, also knwn as Northern Transylvania.

During the one-and-a half-day event, the project partners will get the chance to visit four good practices:

1) The traffic safety management system in Cluj-Napoca. The traffic monitoring center, the video cameras on the street and the data transmission service have been established since 2010 with the main aim to ensure a higher level of traffic safety for the inhabitants and visitors of Cluj-Napoca. The main activities were related to the installation of 300 surveillance cameras at major junctions or crowded areas in the city, to monitor the development of car traffic and to be able to intervene in real time to decongest traffic according to needs. The system is compatible with other intelligent transport systems such as: management system for public transport, video surveillance, passenger information systems etc.

2) The Pedestrian policy for the central area and rehabilitation, modernization and reconstruction of the Unirii Square in Oradea. The city of Oradea is among the few examples in Romania that have kept large pedestrian streets in the central area over time. The Republicii Boulevard, Oradea’s traditional pedestrian street, was remodeled and extended in recent years. The new pavement, new creative urban furnishing, a few new squares and the expansion of the pedestrian access area contributed to the rebirth of the pedestrian axis as a representative part of the city, shared by local community and tourists. The pedestrian axis was recently extended with the revitalization of the Saint Ladislau bridge and the Unirii Square. The project of Unirii Square consists of the rehabilitation of a renaissance square, reducing the space allocated for car traffic. The square is also crossed by the tram.

3) The intelligent routing application which helps drivers finding the nearest available parking spot, developed by PITECH+PLUS in Cluj. The application provides routing services to the nearest available off street parking place, reducing the traffic generated by drivers looking for an available parking place. The list of available parking places varies from private parking garages (for example malls) to off-street parking places in the central area. The application is being further developed, in order to also include on-street parking and has already been successfully implemented in several cities all around the world.

4) The GetPONY Car sharing system in Cluj. The initiative is based on developing a smartphone application with which one can easily get access to a car for a starting fee of 1 leu (aprox. 0,3 Euro) / minute. After using the car, one can leave it wherever in the city. The first 25 test cars (VW UP!) have arrived in September 2015, followed by 25 more cars (Smart) in early 2016 and 30 more (Mini) a few months later – all of them used in a floating fleet system. In parallel, the company has started developing a new stationary based fleet of electric vehicles (BMW i3) mainly for corporate use.

After the visit, participants and external stakeholders will have the chance to discuss and interact with the members of the Stakeholder Group from the Romania North-West Region.