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

Bucharest metro extension to Otopeni finally gets the go-ahead. Kind of

According to some reports, it’s official: the Bucharest metro will be extended to Otopeni Airport and work begins this year. No, really, this time it’s apparently happening. For certain. No ifs, no buts. It will be ready by 2020, in time for that year’s European Football Championships (Bucharest is hosting four matches). The Japanese government… Continue reading Bucharest metro extension to Otopeni finally gets the go-ahead. Kind of

Dan’s plan to save Bucharest

Nicusor Dan, leader of the Union to Save Bucharest (USB) and its candidate for mayor of Bucharest in June’s local elections, yesterday published his manifesto. You can see it (in Romanian on the USB’s less-than-attractive website) here. The policy document covers 18 areas, from transport and infrastructure to property rights and culture in the Romanian… Continue reading Dan’s plan to save Bucharest

The Week in Bucharest Life

Bucharest was covered in snow last Sunday as winter finally arrived in the Romanian capital. Schools were closed on Monday but otherwise life went on: Bucharest is rather good at muddling through a bout of bad weather. With temperatures as low as we can ever remember them (on Thursday morning the car displayed -18.5C at… Continue reading The Week in Bucharest Life

Fleets of buses running on dedicated bus lanes

There you have it: fleets of buses running on dedicated bus lanes. Bucharest’s traffic problems solved. Thank you and goodnight. It’s not quite that simple, but it would be a huge step forwards. As we’ve said many times before, you can’t expect the good people of Bucharest to give up using their cars until you… Continue reading Fleets of buses running on dedicated bus lanes