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Arad (RO)

Arad (RO)

Arad is the main Western gateway of Romania. Located on one of the main Pan-European road and rail corridors, the city of Arad is one of the most prosperous and dynamic Romanian cities, gifted with a rich architectural heritage and a generous natural environment, mainly due to the Mureș river.

Arad has traditionally been a city of trams, with the largest network in Romania, after Bucharest (171 km), notable for its coverage and accessibility. Arad has also recently become a city of bicycles, with the longest urban network of cycle lanes in the country (135 km) and the highest rate of bicycle use nationally (8.2%).

After large investments in the rehabilitation of the tram infrastructure network, the local administration has started the process of renewing the tram fleet by acquiring six modern and energy-efficient trams, in parallel with the modernisation of the main depot and the first steps towards implementing e-ticketing system and outsourcing the county bus transportation services.

In the past years, the local administration has developed a series of environment-oriented strategies and a Sustainable Urban mobility Plan.

Arad has committed to a target of reducing its carbon emissions by 23% by 2020 and plans to sign up in the near future to the New Covenant of Mayors, which aims to reduce CO2/GHG emissions by at least 40% by 2030.

Arad is a member of the Covenant of Mayors, of Strasbourg Mayor’s Club (and a founding member of the club’s Green Energy Committee), of the UCLG (United Cities and Local Governments), the AVEC Network and the European Social Network.

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  • Member Type: Full Member
  • Management Committee: No
General Information
  • Land area: 252,85 km²
  • Total population: 179.202 inhab
  • Population density: 694 inhab/km²
Road network length
  • Motorways: 11,60 km
  • Main roads: 27,50 km
  • Secondary roads: 330,90 km
  • Cycling network: 135 km
Traffic volume
  • Traffic volume: 22.307 vehicles/day on average
Public transport
  • Metro: n/a
  • Tram: 15 lines, 336 kms
  • Bus: 7 lines, 92 kms
Modal split
  • Car: 37,0 %
  • Public transport: 16,8 %
  • Cycling: 8,2 %
  • Walking: 35,8 %
  • Other n/a

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