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European Commission approves funding for new Sofia metro line

Industry news  •  9 May 2016  •  Katie Sadler, Digital Content Producer, Eurotransport

The European Commission has approved an investment of over €368 million for the construction of line 3 of the Sofia metro in Bulgaria.

New trains and automatic train control system ordered for Sofia Metro Line 3

Industry news  •  29 March 2016  •  Katie Sadler, Digital Content Producer, Eurotransport

A Siemens led consortium has supplied Sofia Metro line 3 with 20 Inspiro trains and a new automatic train control system.

Sustainable development of Sofia public transport

Issue 6 2015  •  17 December 2015  •  Metodi Avramov, Marketing Director of the Sofia Urban Mobility Centre

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…

Sofia – a city in motion

Issue 6 2013  •  16 December 2013  •  Evgeni Krussev, International Projects Expert, the Sofia Urban Mobility Centre

Sofia is the capital of Bulgaria and the biggest administrative, cultural and economic centre of the country. The population of Sofia is approximately 1.3 million inhabitants and its territory is 1,311km2. The organisation, management, supervision and finance of Sofia public transport as an integrated process are assigned to the Sofia Urban Mobility Centre, or SUMC. The development and operation of the open-space parking system in Sofia is also the responsibility of the SUMC. The SUMC defines and proposes measures for improvement of the parking situation and, if approved by the Sofia Municipal Council, applies these measures. Parameters of the public transport system Sofia’s public transport system is the biggest and the most complex urban transport system in Bulgaria and includes tram, trolleybus, bus and metro operations. The public transport network is well-developed with 93 bus lines, 15 tram lines, nine trolleybus lines and two metro lines. The public transport service in Sofia is performed by three municipal companies – ‘Stolichen Avtotransport’ EAD, ‘Stolichen Elelktrotransport’ EAD and ‘Metropolitan’ EAD, plus three private bus transport operators. In 2012, the provision of public transport services was 61.3 million vehicle kilometers. The number of public transport vehicles in Sofia at its peak hour is 839, which includes: 169 trams; 95 trolleybuses; 549 buses; and 26 metro trains…

67 Solaris Urbino for Bulgarian Black Sea resort Burgas

Industry news, News  •  6 November 2012  •  Solaris Bus & Coach

15.5 million Euro order calls for 67 Urbino standard and articulated buses…

Ensuring balanced and sustainable development

Issue 6 2009, Past issues  •  22 December 2009  •  Minister Aleksandar Tsvetkov, Ministry of Transport, Information Technology and Communications (MTITC), Bulgaria

Over the next four years, the main priorities in the transport policy of the Ministry of Transport, Information Technology and Communications (MTITC) are: the successful integration of the Bulgarian transport system with the European system; the development of accessible and safe transport in all regions of the country; the support, modernisation and construction of the national transport infrastructure; the improvement in the management and realisation of various projects, including those financed through EU funds and public-private partnerships; and the creation of favourable conditions for effective counteraction to the disloyal competition in the transport sector.

Developments and projects of eTicketing for European public transportation

Issue 5 2008, Past issues  •  11 November 2008  •  Hansjörg Röhrich, Vice Chairman, Kontiki Working Group

When Thor Heyerdahl decided to cross the Pacific Ocean from South America to Tahiti in 1947 in order to prove that what had hitherto been considered impossible could indeed be true, he named his balsa raft Kon-Tiki. Many years later, this name was perfect for reviving the same ideas in the world of electronic fare management: the idea of exploring the possibilities and applications of contactless ticketing in the future.

Within an unbelievably short period of 10 years (as long as the Working Group Kontiki has been in existence) electronic fare management (EFM) has successfully advanced into nearly every area of our society. To be sure, the founding idea of the Working Group Kontiki was to bring card manufacturers, banks, system integrators and producers of background systems together on a national level for an exchange of experiences and standards in order to find the best possible solution for contactless ticketing in many different areas of life. Thus, today we naturally think of European-wide solutions. The requisite applications have been developed and implemented in European countries at a varying pace. Whether VDV Core Application (Verband Deutscher Verkehrsunternehmen), ITSO, Calypso, among others – they have all contributed to keeping the round table within a European context.