Sofia municipality will provide 4 million levs ($2.4 million/2.0 million euro) in additional financing to its public transport companies in order the help them cope with the economic impact of the coronavirus crisis, Sofia deputy mayor Doncho Barbalov said.
The support is envisaged in the second revision of the city's budget for 2020, Barbalov said in a video file published on the website of public television BNT last week.
The public transport companies of the Bulgarian capital saw their revenues from sales of tickets and travel cards fall this year due to the outflow of passengers caused by the coronavirus pandemic.
The funds were originally planned to go towards the construction of kindergartens and schools in the municipality, public radio BNR quoted Sofia mayor Yordanka Fandakova as saying last week.
"We will finance the construction of kindergartens and schools from the central government budget, so that we can support the transport sector and envisage funding for improving the road safety as well, through road markings and lighting systems," Fandakova said.