Towards a climate neutral EU:
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Development of sustainable public transport of Gabrovo

Organisation: Economic Policy Institute Website: Added: October 30, 2023
Project start date: July 17, 2017
Project end date: November 10, 2021


The project implementation contributeс to the development of sustainable urban transport in the town of Gabrovo by improving investments of the transport infrastructure and systems with positive impact on the quality of passengers’ service. The project applies an integrated territorial approach, involving a system of joined actions, aimed at continuous improvement of the economic, social and environmental situation of the territory. Its main activities include: 1. reorganization of the existing bus stop into a "pocket"; 2. reconstruction of a road junction and the railway station square; 3. repair and modernization of 2 pedestrian underpasses on key intersections as well as improvement of the traffic organization on 5 of the busiest intersections in Gabrovo. 4. purchase of 14 new buses including 12 m (+/- 1 m) length with the aim to meet the European standards for engines emissions and use of renewable/alternative energy sources in the urban transport. In addition, 3 charging stations were installed for loading the new electric buses. The transport systems was upgraded by implementing the required information and communication technologies in the public transport by delivery and installation of 104 electronic scoreboards on the bus stops in the city and 57 pcs. of on-board equipment in public transport vehicles. Thus, real-time information of the vehicles arrival to the route stops will be visualized, and a management system for the public transport, including hardware and software, will be built.

Financial data

Total project cost: EUR 5 691 794; Grant: EUR 4 239 731; Own funding: EUR 1 452 063 EU co-financing percentage: 85.00 %


The newly acquired fleet includes 3 12-m long electric buses, 3 12-m long LPG- buses as well as 8 9-m long electric buses. The purchase of these new buses comes after the municipality purchased 10 used methane buses several years ago. Against this backdrop, the new addition to the municipal public transport is a step forward to reducing its CO2 footprint and to contributing to improving air quality in the city.

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European Climate Initiative (EUKI)
This project is part of the European Climate Initiative (EUKI). EUKI is a project financing instrument by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action (BMWK). The EUKI competition for project ideas is implemented by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH. It is the overarching goal of the EUKI to foster climate cooperation within the European Union (EU) in order to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions.