Basel Trams for Sofia

Progetto concluso
Two men stand next to elevated tram in factory.
Twenty-eight old trams in Sofia have been replaced by trams from Basel. © SECO

To improve the public transport system of Sofia, Switzerland will finance the donation of up to 28 used but modernized trams, the training of the personnel responsible for operation and maintenance of the trams as well as a multi-modal mobility study.

  

Paese/Regione Tema Periodo Budget
Bulgaria
Proteggere l’ambiente
Trasporti pubblici
15.10.2015 - 30.06.2019
CHF 2'550'000

Note: the texts under all the headings, with the exception of 'Results achieved', describe the situation before the start of the project.

Contesto

The Bulgarian capital Sofia is increasingly suffering of traffic congestion and needs an improved public transportation system, which is partially addressed by building a new metro system. The municipality of Sofia recognizes the value of keeping the existing tram network in operation, but lacks the resources to finance urgently needed infrastructure improvements (notably the replacement of aging trams). Basler Verkehrs-Betriebe (BVB) is disposing of 28 relatively recent and modernized tram railcars that correspond to what Sofia Elektrotransport (S.E.T.) needs for the urgent replacement of aging Bulgarian built trams.

Obiettivi

The goal of the project is an increased use of the public transport system in Sofia leading to less traffic jams, reduced greenhouse gas emission and improved air quality. The reliability, accessability, comfort and capacity of the trams will be improved. A multi-modal mobility study shall address and possibly trigger the integration of the public transportation system in Sofia (metro, trams and buses).

Gruppi target

The direct beneficiaries are the municipality and the public transportation company of Sofia (S.E.T.). The indirect beneficiaries are the 1.3 million inhabitants of Sofia, especially people with low incomes, families, elderly and disabled persons.

Attività
  • Purchase of up to 28 used Be 4/6 S trams from BVB.
  • Transport of the trams from Basel to Sofia including charging and discharging on railway cars.
  • Purchase of necessary spare parts and workshop equipment.
  • Training of S.E.T. personnel to handle operation and maintenance (including revisions).
  • Multi-modal mobility study and measures to implement its recommendations in order to improve the public transportation services in Sofia.
Risultati

Risultati raggiunti:  

  • Up to 28 used but modernized trams from BVB delivered and put in service on the tramlines 1 and 12 of S.E.T. in Sofia. 
  • S.E.T. is prepared for the operation and maintenance of the trams through a workshop and spare part supply concept


Direzione/Ufficio responsabile SECO
Credito Contributo svizzero all'allargamento dell'UE
Partner del progetto Partner contrattuale
  • National Coordination Unit
  • Bulgarian Monitoring of EU Funds Directorate, Sofia Elektrotransport (S.E.T.) and the Municipality of Sofia

Partner attuatore
Sofia Elektrotransport (S.E.T.) and the Municipality of Sofia

Budget Fase in corso Budget Svizzera CHF   2'550'000 Budget svizzero attualmente già speso CHF   2'110'513
Fasi del progetto

Fase 10 15.10.2015 - 30.06.2019   (Completed)