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Alba Iulia

Living Lab - Alba Iulia

Alba Iulia is a 74.000-inhabitant town in the center of Romania. It is an emerging tourist destination due to its historical heritage, with tourism driving the city's economic development. Alba Iulia is reachable by plane, car and train (4 airports, 2 important highways under construction nearby, national railway network deserving the city). Sustainable mobility solutions are also to be developed here as part of the Smart City 2018 pilot governmental project. Alba Iulia experiences heavy road traffic due to various reasons. The main roads and traffic arteries are now too small to accommodate the increased number of vehicles, whilst there are also an insufficient number of parking spaces within the city.

Alba Iulia Today

Integration of e-mobility into the Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan of Alba Iulia for:

- Reduction of classic motorized traffic in the city, especially in the tourist area, Cetate.

- Harm reduction and pollution in the city's perimeter.

- Differentiation of a car parking rate in Alba Iulia to encourage people to use urban public transport and alternative transport at city level.

- Establishment of Getting Park & Ride / Bike for visitors, residents and commuters.

- Limitation or banning access to the Vauban fortress, except for supply and sanitation vehicles, to reduce pollution, encourage the use of clean, independent means of transport, and to decongest traffic.

- Arranging bicycle tracks and storage areas in Alba Iulia integrated with the integrated green space system.

- Developing new bicycle tracks; Implementation of an integrated system of bicycle tracks, interconnected at the local and local level; Maintenance, monitoring and management of the integrated cycling track system.

- Rehabilitation and remodeling of green areas for track alignment for cyclists implicitly maintenance, monitoring and management of the integrated cycling track system.

- Underground and underground parking in Alba Iulia, especially in areas with high population density for the fluidization of road and pedestrian traffic.

- Prohibition of stationing of vehicles on major traffic arteries in the city.

- Building new streets with the city's urban development to close the city's ring roads to connect the city's traffic arteries.

- Implementation, monitoring and management of the operation schedule of the domestic waste collection and sanitation system as well as the transportation of goods and supplies.

- Parking with differentiated tariffs in areas within Alba Iulia to encourage the use of public transport or alternative transport.

- Launching a public awareness and communication campaign to promote alternative transport (bicycles, walking, public transport as viable modes of transport at Alba Iulia).

- Traffic management across the network; Street parking management.

- Creation of priority pedestrian zones and bicycle paths.

- New transit arteries and better connection to the ring road.

Collective passenger transport

- Improve the routes and routes of public transport in Alba Iulia.

- Establishment of an information and development center on urban public transport.

- Improve the operation and maintenance of buses and requirements for the fleet of buses.

- Rehabilitation of the depot of vehicles for urban transport.


Urban freight logistics

- Implementation, monitoring and management of the public service sanitation system (sidewalks, green areas and roadways), which is scheduled for 7:00 in the morning.

- Efficiency of an integrated system for the management of goods transport and supply on the main thoroughfares and streets of the city, correlated with the hours and days when there is a fluid, loose-flowing traffic.

- Establishing the best routes for freight and supply.

- New logistics areas to support environmentally friendly freight transport.


Safety and security

The safety and security of all street and pedestrian street users is one of the greatest concerns when planning and developing the transport sector and passenger car journeys within the city.

- The need to modernize the street tram (pedestrian and road infrastructure) for disabled people with locomotor disabilities).

- Implementation of integrated seam forcing system.

- Making unique streets in Alba Iulia for the elimination of traffic accidents due to the lack of priority, respectively the use of alternative routes that lead to fluidization on the major traffic arteries within the city.

- Upgrading the existing streets in Alba Iulia by correcting the street prospectus, the width of the sidewalks should be resized according to STAS, redevelopment of green areas of alignment.

- Implementation, monitoring and management of the operation schedule of the household waste collection system, to be done by 7:00 in the morning.

- Implementation, monitoring and management of the public service sanitation system (sidewalks, green areas and roadways), which is scheduled for 7:00 in the morning.

- Realization of squares following the remodeling of non-emphatic intersections or variable street prospectuses and endowment of pedestrian-friendly urban furniture.

- Surveillance system and equipment for traffic safety including pedestrian crossings; Expanding the sound and visual alert system to pedestrian crossings, especially for people with disabilities.

- Improving traffic signaling, especially for people with disabilities; Modernization of signaling and replacement of old damaged signaling for visually impaired people (tactile carpets around pedestrian crossings and public transport stations).


Public involvement

To achieve goals of the SUMP and other studies on urban mobility, both the city's inhabitants, as well as the tourists and especially the commuters from the cities and communes around Alba Iulia were involved. Car traffic monitoring was carried out, the public's views on project ideas such as: setting up transfer nodes and park and ride / bike centers, building underground and overground parking and establishing the best locations , The management of existing parking spaces and the setting of tariffs for them, the construction of new bicycle tracks, the refurbishment of street trams and the opening of new streets, on public transport and the need to introduce new lines or electric buses. The administration and those involved in these studies also took into account the positive desire of citizens to give up cars, especially in the historic area, in favor of using bicycles or public transport or even pedestrian traffic.

Telemetric transport

Improve the existing GPS joint management system and expand it to have the ability to supplement or reduce the number of buses depending on passenger traffic.

Improve parking system by deploying parking sensors to tell the driver where to find a free parking space.

Improving Traffic Monitoring and Management System and Integrated Semaphore System to avoid traffic jams and accidents.



Nicolaie Moldovan
City Manager of Alba Iulia Municipality