EUROCITIES on COP 21: Burgas, a transport pioneer in south east Europe

  • environment
  • mobility

By overhauling its public transport system and providing alternative transport modes, Burgas is helping citizens travel more sustainably.

Making it easier for citizens to travel by public transport, as well as providing alternative modes to make it easier to get around the city, is an important step towards reducing carbon emissions. Burgas began an ambitious plan in 2009 to overhaul its transport system to accommodate the local population and the many tourists that visit the region.

The aim of the project was to improve the quality of transport services offered and make it easier and more convenient to travel around the city in a sustainable way. Measures included renovating the bus and trolley fleet, including buying 67 new energy efficient buses; and improving the connections between bus terminals and other modes of transport to promote intermodality.

The project has had a significant impact on the number of people choosing to use public transport, with 33.6 million trips a day made in 2013. As a result, over 1,500 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions are saved each year.

To find out more about the ambitious project in Burgas, read the Covenant of Mayors case study available here.



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