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Bosnia: EBRD lends 35 mn for Sarajevo public transport

Balkan city among the most polluted in the world

06 February, 13:46
(ANSA) - BELGRADE, FEBRUARY 06 - The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) is investing 35 million euro in the modernization of public transport in Sarajevo, EBRD said in statement on Wednesday. Two loan agreements supported under the EBRD Green Cities programme were signed between the EBRD and the Ministry of Finance and Treasury of Bosnia and Herzegovina: a 20-million loan will be used to finance the overhaul of the 19.5 km-long obsolete track tramline run by the cantonal public transport operator GRAS, while another 15-million loan will allow GRAS to buy up to 25 new electric trolleybuses.

The investment will improve the overall quality, capacity, efficiency and comfort of public transport in the Bosnian capital. Moreover, it will bring a reduction of CO2 emission of over 30%, EBRD said.

Sarajevo is one of the capitals in the world with the highest air pollution, a problem made worse by the poor quality of public transportation, which leads many people to use cars instead of public transport. "The number one environmental challenge in Sarajevo is air quality, with cleaner and greener transport seen as one of the key means of addressing it," said EBRD Managing Director for Central and South-Eastern Europe, Charlotte Ruhe. (ANSA).

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