EBRD & E5P Fund Supports Balti City in Moldova for Trolleybuses
Commuters in Moldova’s second-largest city Balt, can now travel on 11 new trolleybuses funded by the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development and the Eastern Europe Energy Efficiency and Environment Partnership E5P Fund. The municipal trolleybus company of Balti has received a EUR 2.5 million EBRD loan and a EUR 1.2 million grant from the E5P, to promote greener public transport. The new vehicles, supplied by the Ukraine-based company Torhovyi Dim Litan, welcomed their first passengers this week. They operate on electricity and use batteries, which allow them to circulate in remote areas without using overhead wires.
With the new vehicles, the city has expanded existing routes to serve remote, yet densely populated areas and has improved the overall efficiency of the service.
In Moldova, the fund is supported by the European Union, the largest donor, as well as the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Lithuania, Moldova, Norway, Poland, Romania, the Slovak Republic and Sweden, the fund’s initiator and largest bilateral donor.