The Commission has approved Cohesion Policy support of more than €73 million from the 2014-2020 programming period to build the second section of the Šafárik Square-Janíkov dvor tram line. The investment is part of an overall aim to improve public transport inthe Petržalka borough of the Slovak capital, Bratislava.
The line will connect the southern part of Petržalka with the Old Town of Bratislava. It will run from Bosákova Street to Janíkov dvor for roughly 3.8 km. The new tram line will complement the first section of the line, which is already up and running from Šafárik Square to Bosákova Street.
Cohesion and Reforms Commissioner Elisa Ferreira (pictured) said: “On working days, the line is expected to carry almost 50,000 passengers a day in each direction. Thanks to this EU support, the new tram line section is not only promoting more sustainable modes of transport, it is also making the lives of citizens easier by cutting their daily commute into the city centre. Cohesion Funds are improving and directly impacting citizens’ lives across Europe.”
The new section will be part of an overall integrated ecological public transport system, which will reduce the negative environmental impacts of public transport, such as noise and air pollution. By encouraging people to change their preferred mode of transport from cars and buses to trams, wear and tear on roads and traffic congestion will continue to decline.
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