On the 26th of May this year an international conference “Small cities’ metropolitans: their implementation reasons and benefits” has been organised by citizens’ association “Metro Sąjūdis” together with the International Association of Public Transport (UITP) and Vilnius’ municipality. During the conference transport development provisions were introduced, which had been established in the European Commission’s White Book “Transport 2050”. Moreover, foreign countries’ experience in modernising public transport and implementing metropolitan were analysed.
15 km detour, instead of possible 1 km trip in straight line, is the price, people, currently living in Zuikių street (Vilnius), have to pay in order to reach main part of the city. But people have discovered ways to significantly shorten the trip: cross the railway tracks, after climbing a steep hill or go through the sewer tunnel.
Popular choice is a passage through the sewer tunnel. Tunnel is narrow, so people have to bend to be able to succesfully cross it. Traveling this way requires a lot of endurance not only for the old, but for the young too. In spring or rainy fall, sewer is flooded so people have to wade.
Researchers found that traffic congestions are created by drivers who drive too aggressively or too shy.
Although the main cause of traffic jams on busy roads can be car accident, road narrowing or drivers attempts to change lanes, the main reason for traffic stop is the reaction of people driving behind the upcoming obstacle.
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Giruliai residents, tired of continuous noise from trains passing by, filed complaints and requests to various institutions. Although Klaipeda Public Health Centre, after carrying out noise measurements, stated, that noise level is above standard, Giruliai residents are still unable to achieve their goal in minimizing discomfort caused by trains.
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METRO MOVEMENT comment:
Analogic problems afflicts not only residents of Giruliai. Also struggling for the elimination of one level crossings and the installation of sound-insulating enclosure are people of Lentvaris, Plunge, Mazeikiai, Siauliai, Amaliai. When the economy grows, rail traffic becomes more intense, speed is increasing and that means more and more threat to the local population. EU has given out more than a bilion litas for railway reconstruction and ecology, but these funds are not being used. The problem can only be solved if people from mentioned cities unite their efforts.