More than 1.3 billion lei or the equivalent of 65 million euros were allocated in 2022 for the repair and maintenance of municipal roads. Considerable resources were also invested in the procurement of new public transport units, but also in the restoration of waiting stations, and the arrangement of parking lots. The rehabilitation of the road and transport infrastructure, in order to provide the city’s residents with maximum comfort, is a priority for Chisinau City Hall.
In the framework of the first event dedicated to the investment and development potential of the city, the Chisinau Economic Forum, the Head of the General Directorate of Public Transport and Communication Roads emphasized the fact that the development of the transport infrastructure in order to ensure its accessibility, sustainability and comfort for the city’s inhabitants, represents a priority for the Directorate of Public Transport and Communications. For this purpose, the Urban Mobility Strategy is being developed, which provides for the improvement and increase in the efficiency of public transport, the development of road infrastructure, and the parking system.
Thus, for the first time in the last 30 years, the municipality started the capital repair of the Mihai Viteazul Bridge, one of the most requested infrastructure objectives, which ensures the connection of intersectoral passenger transport of the city, including the connection of transit transport with national and international routes. 108 million lei (5.5 million euros) were allocated for this objective.
Other strategic development projects are in the works: the expansion of Mircea cel Bătrân Boulevard, valued at 240 million lei; the reconstruction of Industrială Street and the construction of the bridge over the railway, which will connect with Transnistriei Street, a project valued at over 680 million lei; the construction of Mesager Street, worth 620 million lei.
At the same time, the municipal public transport parks were developed, which currently have a total fleet of 601 units: 402 trolleybuses and 199 buses. In the last 2 years alone, 266 units worth 570 million lei (28.5 million euros) were purchased. By 2030, the public transport fleet will be supplemented with another 300 new transport units, including electric ones.
A priority for the Directorate of Public Transport and Communication Ways is also the waiting stations in the city, more than half of which have been rehabilitated in recent years by the municipality, with the support of public and private partners. It is also planned to set up 300 new waiting stations, in addition to the existing ones, which will be completely repaired.
Another objective in the municipality’s sights is the arrangement of the necessary number of parking spaces throughout the city, in addition to the 14,800 parking spaces that currently exist. Only in the area of the historic center, 6,322 places are to be arranged, the value of the investment being 135 million lei. Currently, the bids of the conducted auction are being evaluated.
At the same time, the first Park&Ride parking lot is in the process of development, in the Buiucani sector of the capital, and three others, at the entrances through the Ciocana and Rîșcani sectors, are at the design stage. The parking lots will have a capacity of 500, 230, 480, and 125 parking spaces. This objective is to be economically exploited by the municipality, with the participation of the business environment, which can contribute both to the construction of these objectives and to the administration of the parking system.
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“With the existing potential of the number of roads of local and national importance, which are extended throughout the territory of the municipality of Chisinau, the municipal administration proposed that, by the year 2025, approximately 30% of them should be rehabilitated capital, and for the transport that transits Chisinau, to create possibilities of bypassing and not admitting the transit of the historical area of the capital. In such circumstances, it will be possible to create a small belt of the city of Chisinau, with the prospect of creating an industrial area of approximately 300 ha, which will favor the business environment and attract new investments in the development of the town,” said Vitalie Mihalache, Head of the General Directorate of Public Transport and Communications, at the Chisinau Economic Forum.
Sustainable urban mobility is one of the main challenges facing large cities around the world and is an important topic for both ordinary citizens and businesses, without which the economic development of any locality/region is hard to imagine.