The city administration in Szeged is very committed to sustainable city development. Mr. László Botka has been the mayor since 2002, making it possible to produce an overarching sustainable city and mobility development strategy. The vice mayor of city development, Mr. Sándor Nagy is the former chair and was a member of the CIVITAS Political Advisory Committee for 10 years. Mr. Nagy has served as vice mayor between 2002-2010 and from 2014 onwards.
Szeged is a pioneering city in Hungary regarding mobility management. Over the past two decades, Szeged has implemented several mobility solutions. This includes establishing traffic-calming zones; improving cycling infrastructure; creating new bus lines; expanding and reconstructing its tram and trolleybus network and providing comfort services for public transport users such as Wi-Fi network onboard and contactless payment for the public transport tickets.
In 2018 Szeged received funding from the UIA Programme within Mobility Theme for its Smart Alliance for Sustainable Mobility proposal. The SASMob project aims to tackle congestion, poor air quality, and noise exposure by building a data-driven intelligent transport system based on a structured multi-governance model with both public and private companies and transport providers. Besides SASMob, the city and its partners are participating in different mobility-related research and action projects, including Low-Carb and SUMI.
Szeged aims to develop sustainable means of transport, including bicycle and public transport. The city has a well-built public transport network, timetables of buses, trams, and trolleys are well-balanced.