News from Nowhere

It’s been a while since we did one of these round-ups, what with the day job and preparations for Britain’s impending war with Spain. Anyway, first off: the Bucharest Metro. Remember how on Friday we wrote about the grand-opening of two new stations on the M4, Laminorului and Straluesti? Well, turns out there’s a catch.… Continue reading News from Nowhere

Bucharest’s metro gets two more stations

Bucharest’s metro was extended today by a whopping – wait for it – 2.1 kilometres after two new stations, Laminorului and Lac Straulesti, were opened on the M4 line this morning. They are the first new stations on the system to open since Jiului and Parc Bazilescu (also on the M4 line) in 2011. Those… Continue reading Bucharest’s metro gets two more stations

More on the Constitutional Court & The Wicked Witch of Voluntari

Romanian MP Tudor Ciuhodaru (PSD) yesterday submitted a draft law to parliament which would see public demonstrations that ‘challenged the constitutional order or prevented the powers of state from carrying out their duties’ made criminal offences, punishable by sentences of between six months and three years. Backed – we would assume – by the government… Continue reading More on the Constitutional Court & The Wicked Witch of Voluntari

Bucharest’s budget

Leaving aside the fact that Bucharest still does not have a budget for 2017 (the mayor, Gabriela Firea, clearly has other priorities), this website has put together a number of graphics showing how the city spent its money last year (using data now freely available from Budget Transparency, a legacy of the Dacian Ciolos government’s… Continue reading Bucharest’s budget

Bucharest’s proposed bus lanes: mapped

Mihai Arcalean – a medical student with an interest in public transport – has drawn up a Google Map showing exactly where Bucharest’s long-promised dedicated bus lanes will be located. You can see it here. When will the bus lanes be operational? Nobody knows. Nor does anybody yet know when the 400 new buses, 100… Continue reading Bucharest’s proposed bus lanes: mapped

Bus Lanes

On Monday we asked where are the dedicated bus lanes we were promised? Today, Bucharest City Council published a list of those major streets on which it wants to implement bus lanes. It is a long list, which you can see here. Before the council can begin painting ‘BUS’ all over the place however, the… Continue reading Bus Lanes

RATB in minor improvement shocker

Whisper it, but there has been a minor revolution at RATB, the Bucharest public transport authority. In what we can only describe as a very small yet welcome leap forward, it has begun to publish full timetable information for every route it operates. What’s more, our early, wholly unscientific experiments would suggest that the timetables… Continue reading RATB in minor improvement shocker