Project: New Tursib


City: Sibiu, ROMANIA

Timing: 05/2008 - 04/2012

Case study: The implementation of the  project  was structured  in two directions: 1) A new transport plan based on clients’  requests which were determined by the traffic survey  (conducted in late 2008). Transport plan was designed as a functional and efficient network of main and secondary lines and interchange bus stops; 2) Upgrading the taxation system in order to support the  interchange between routes and reduce the duration of the journey, by giving up the old system consisting of fees per routes and taking up the system with passes valid for all routes at an affordable price. Simultaneously, other secondary measures were implemented in order to make public transport in Sibiu an attractive and quality service:

1. Development of traveler information system:

a) bus stops signs which indicate the line of transportation and the terminal of the line;
b) time tables displaying the time when buses pass through that bus stop, present  in all Tursib bus stops;
c) installing canopies in the main bus stops with displays containing complete information for passengers: maps, schedules, fares, etc.;
d) updating the company’s  website, by installing a software for trip planning;
e) putting up a call center where clients may request information free of charge regarding the transport plan, the connections between routes and other information regarding the activity of Tursib;
f)  developed  Public Relations Service;

2. Periodical  training of the staff  who enters in direct contact with the public;
3. Preserved neatness of the means of transportation  by cleaning the buses according to a schedule;
4. improved company image by:

a) creating a brand and promoting it;
b) personalised equipment (in the company’ s colors) for bus drivers;
c) collaboration with the media.

5. The project TURSIB CARD switched the old  pass used to the e-card type of pass. Together with an IT collaborator, Tursib designed a system for issuing and tracking the passes, which provides reliability and ease of operation, low investment cost. The first phase was to implement a software  that allows real time transmission of data from operating point to the central server.

Innovation: 1) The reorganisation of the transport plan in Sibiu can be considered innovative because the old transport plan has not been changed in the last 25 years and a traffic survey has never been made. The traffic study was performed in the same period of time on all routes, covering the entire transport  programme, every day of the week by reviewing actual travelers and questionnaires regarding trip purpose, direction of the journey, the  type of pass/ticket used, occupation, age, etc.; 2) Tariff system: the pass valid on all routes replaced the old system consisting of fees per lines and its attractive price was welcome by travelers; 3) Marketing Plan which set up the necessary actions, responsible persons, deadlines; 4) The idea of the project is innovative, the system is designed as a new payment instrument for transport services: electronic pass. Because the card is not validated in the bus (so it was not necessary to equip buses in any way), the investment cost for this project was only €20,000.

PTx2 strategy: The economic analysis of the routes together with the results of the traffic, revealed that  50% of routes were profitable, for 30% of routes the profitability rate was low, and 20% were bearing financial losses. When the new transport plan was designed, the following objectives were taken into consideration: citizens' travel needs arising from the traffic study, increasing transport frequency and number of daily kilometers, decrease the costs for fuel, eliminating overlapping routes over long distances. The pass valid on all routes, allowed the connections between routes without additional costs. The results appeared very soon and the number of paying passengers transported increased by 24% in 2010 compared to 2009.