Tarlós laments "misguided" Metro 4

Budapest mayor says money for still-unfinished expansion of city's underground could have been better spent on other projects.

Mayor István Tarlós (inset) and a photo featuring an unfinished section of the Metro 4.

By: All Hungary News
2012-09-18 10:26

The construction of Budapest's 4th metro line is a misguided investment, Budapest Mayor István Tarlós said over the weekend.


The money spent on the line could have been used for housing renovation, or for purchasing a full fleet of vehicles at the Public Transport Company BKV, he added.


The underground project is burdened with a number of problematic legal and financial issues. The deal struck with Siemens -- the company that supplies the line with carriages -- is expected to result in further debates and negotiations, Tarlos said.


He also told the paper that the introduction of a road toll within the city cannot be avoided because the previous Socialist-liberal management agreed to it as a precondition of EU support. However, its introduction may be postponed until 2016, which would give Budapest enough time to build P+R parking facilities, he added



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