Arad, the third largest city in western Romania, is located on one of the main Pan-European road and rail corridors. The city is one of the most prosperous and dynamic Romanian cities, with a rich architectural heritage and a generous natural environment, mainly due to the Mureș river.
Arad has traditionally been a city of trams, with the largest network in Romania, after Bucharest (171 km), notable for its coverage and accessibility. Arad has also recently become a city of bicycles, with the longest urban network of cycle lanes in the country (135 km) and the highest rate of bicycle use nationally.
After large investments in the rehabilitation of the tram infrastructure network, the local administration has begun renewing the tram fleet by acquiring six modern and energy-efficient trams, in parallel with the modernisation of the main depot and the first steps towards implementing e-ticketing system and outsourcing the county bus transportation services.
In the past years, the local administration has developed a series of environment-oriented strategies, including an Integrated Urban Development Strategy 2014-2030, coupled with the Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan 2016 – 2023 and the Transport and Traffic Masterplan for Arad. Mobility measures are also included in the City’s Green Strategy and Health Development Plan.
Arad has committed to a target of reducing its carbon emissions by 23% by 2020 and plans to sign up in the near future to the New Covenant of Mayors, which aims to reduce CO2/GHG emissions by at least 40% by 2030.
Arad is a member of the Covenant of Mayors, of Strasbourg Mayor’s Club (and a founding member of the club’s Green Energy Committee), of the UCLG (United Cities and Local Governments), the AVEC Network and the European Social Network.
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