In Craiova, like many cities in Romania, the private car is the most popular and convenient mode of transport, especially for commuting to work. Many employees working late in the industrial areas of the city have no access to public transport and no option other than using taxis or their private cars to get back home. The distance from/to the bus/tram it is about 2 - 4 km. This further discourages employees to use the public transport service. The number of cars on the road in this industrial area west of the city during peak hours is approximately 2,500 standard vehicles per hour and this is predicted to rise to 3,000 by 2015. Another major problem is the number of parking spaces available. The area is cluttered because cars are parked on the side of the street.
This measure seeks to optimise transport for specific users such as the employees of large plants and factories by setting up a flexible transport service of carpooling and parking facilities for carpooling service users. Employees will be encouraged to carpool with at three passengers in each vehicle. The parking area will have two electronic barriers and access will be based on a special card given to carpoolers. It will be located near the bus / tram stations, ensuring the transportation to residential and downtown areas goes smoothly. The cars engaged in the carpooling scheme will be recorded in a database. Access to the parking will be allowed only if the car is registered in the database.
The transport company’s website will also be updated with a carpooling section, where an overview of the parking and occupancy level for cars and passenger seats will be available. The website will provide all the information needed to measure the demand for parking places. The measure will be implemented in 4 steps, including research, demonstration, dissemination, and evaluation activities.