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First interactive, Internet-connected bus stations inaugurated in Bucharest

MAY 3, 2011 AT 11:54 AM



TomTouch, CS Vision’s interactive division, has delivered three interactive terminals which are located in the bus stations from Victoriei Square, Universitatii Square and Romana Square in the Romanian capital city, Bucharest.

The interactive terminals include a touch screen with a diagonal of 106 cm and allow users to surf on the Internet in the bus station, free, 24 hours a day.

This is the fourth project developed by TomTouch in bus stations. Previous projects have been deployed for clients such as Pepsi, Romtelecom, Nestea. “Interactive bus stations are more efficient in the outdoor advertising campaigns than the traditional executions”, said Florin Benga, New Business Director Tom Touch.

Since 2002, CS Vision provides to companies and public administration in Romania, software solutions on Microsoft platforms, hardware-solutions and interactive services. A division of CS Vision, TomTouch includes public interface solutions, whether for indoor or outdoor: interactive kiosks, interactive advertising solutions, digital architecture and design solutions, interactive urban furniture.
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Both tunnels and stations look very good! :) Excellent job! How are they built, do you have any info? Are the stations built by the cut & cover method? What about the tunnel?
 

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The tunnels were built by drilling at high dephts in Bucharest (AFAIK about 30 m).
Stations probably cut and cover.
 

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^^ Thank you very much for that info! :) Drilling with what though? A Tunnel Boring Machine (TBM) maybe? That's what it looks to me from some of the pictures. Then looking at others, I'm not too sure.
 

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The tunnels were built during communism. I am not sure what they used back then as a tecnology. What they are doing now is completing that section (M4): building the stations, the tracks, all utilities etc.

For the new M5 line which is now officially U/C they will use TBMs.
 

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^^ Aha, got it! Thank you very much for all the information! Cheers, neighbor! :) :cheers:
 

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Part of M4 was built with cut and cover, though Le Clerk. Remember Constanta Railway Bridge area where for quite some time they closed off part of the boulevard for metro construction.

@Tego

I'm not 100% sure but I heard the subterranean parts of the metro were built with something called a "Shield". They'd push it forward and dig around it. AFAIK, no TBMs were used in the Bucharest Metro before the revolution, but the new M5 Drumul Taberei-Universitatii Square will be TBM-drilled.
 

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Bucharest Subway Operator Eyes M4 Extension For EUR300M

Bucharest subway operator Metrorex wants to add two stations to the M4 line, as well as a terminal hub with a parking lot, dispatcher and bus station, through an investment of about 1.22 billion lei (EUR296 million, VAT included).

The contract will run for four years and will be financed through a loan from the European Investment Bank, the state budget and Metrorex's sources.

The M4 line has four stations at the moment - Gara de Nord 2, Basarab 2, Grivita and 1 Mai. Two more stations will be opened in July - Pajura and Parc Bazilescu. The future stations are Laminorului and Lac Straulesti. The project will bring the line's length to 7.8 km, capable of transporting 50,000 passengers per hour.

The authorities' plan is for surface and underground public transport to complement each other and discourage the use of personal vehicles for intra-city travel.
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Bucharest gondola will cover a 10 km line going for 30 minutes

The gondola project will cover 10 kilometers and will have six stops. The complete line will be covered in half an hour. Bucharesters as well as tourists coming to the capital will be able to admire a panoramic view of six lake area and tens of tourist landmarks, according to B365.:banana:

According to plans, the gondola will leave the Piata Presei Libere area, will go over Aviatorilor Boulevard over the Herastrau Lake then will follow the Plumbuita Lake area. The end of the line will be beside Cora unit in Pantelimon. In this way, tourists will be able to go over the entire water view of the capital.

“An important objective is represented by the green part of the project aimed to reduce pollution in town. As opposed to classical transportation, this is an ecological way to go over the city,” Liliana Solon, head of the designer company Kasol Group said.

From the gondola, tourists and locals will be able to admire the six lake area of the capital: Dpbresti, Fundeni, Colentina River, Plumbuita, tei, Floreasca and Herastrau. Added to this are countless tourist and cult landmarks such as Pasarea Lebada Pantelimon, Cernica Monastery, Ghika Chapel, Plumbuita Park and so on.

“The highest altitude point will be 85 meters but the medium height will be 30 meters,” Solon also said.

“If things are going well, we can have it go on during the summer of 2012,” Kasol Group also said.
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Question:

Are there any elevators and/or escalators on train stations of Bucharest Metro?

Just asking (in case we ever plan a future visit to your country)

P.S.
If ever we make that visit to Romania, we will most likely be staying here:

 

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Some yes, some just under work, some not yet.
This speaking about existing stations, becouse the planned ones will have anyway.
 

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Most of the peripheral extension stations, the M4 and eastern end of the M1 lines have lifts. Escalators (as in moving stairs, if there is any confusion) are present at every single station. There are also some moving platforms (which go on some rails along the walls) for people with wheelchairs, but they seem to be lip service to EU regulations rather than an actual usable system. You're supposed to call a security guard or employee to assist you, but I would not guarantee system effectiveness.

In regards of accommodation, there are better hotels at that price level in Bucharest. I'd recommend the Athenee Palace Hilton, or the Grand Hotel Continental on Calea Victoriei, both of them within walking distance of the Intercontinental, and yet of better quality of rooms, decor and service (in my opinion at least).
 

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Some yes, some just under work, some not yet.
This speaking about existing stations, becouse the planned ones will have anyway.
Ah I see.

More specifically, I would be asking about the train station closest to Intercontinental.........which is I think University (Universitate) train station. :)

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Yeah escalators (moving stairs/moving staircase).

Anyways, I understand your concern about Hilton but based on google maps, it's farther from the train station. In this regard, Hotel Intercontinental is still the closest and the most convenient to us in this aspect (proximity/distance between train station and the hotel itself).

Besides, we would already be staying at tons of Hilton hotels (UK, Norway, Denmark, Cyprus) for our future Eurotrip so yeah, time to try a different international hotel brand for a change hehe

:)
 
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