Prime Minister Marcel Ciolacu breaks the ground of the city's first metro system
Construction of Cluj-Napoca metro Line 1 was launched earlier this month with a groundbreaking ceremony , attended by Prime Minister Marcel Ciolacu, Minister of Transport & Infrastructure Sorin Grindeanu and Mayor Emil Boc. 
 
The Cluj Napoca light metro line will be 21.3 km long with 19 stops. The first phase of the large-scale project would be built in the area of Cluj Napoca and nearby Sasovenes, with works starting in a large village near the county capital. It will run for 14.7 kilometres in Cluj Napoca and 6.3 kilometres in the area of Sassfenes, west of the city, which has a population of around 40,000. 
 
The first nine stops are expected to be completed by 2026 however the whole project could be finished within seven years with the LRV expcted to transport around 21 600 passengers per hour. 
 
The project will be finaced by EU funds, the Transport Operational Programme and the country's National Recovery Plan as well as local contributions. A condition of the EU funding is that the first phase should be operational within four years. 
 
‘I am delighted to break ground on the biggest infrastructure project in the history of Cluj’, said Ciolacu. ‘Without a metro network, you can’t solve traffic problems in such a large and developed city.’ 
 
Prime Minister Marcel Ciolacu breaks the ground of the city's first metro system
Prime Minister Marcel Ciolacu breaks the ground of the city's first metro system (CCM) 
 
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