The northern port city of Thessaloniki has become the first Greek city to participate in the CIVITAS Initiative for viable urban transports, receiving European financing through the four-month, 68,000-euro “Civitas Catalist” project undertaken by the Thessaloniki Urban Transport Authority (SASTH).

The project will study what transport means (metro, light rail tram, monorail) is more suitable to link Macedonia International Airport with an under-construction metro station in Mikra, Kalamaria municipality.

Fifty percent of the project, which was launched in early 2011 and scheduled to be completed in April, is financed by the European Commission.

The CIVITAS Initiative helps cities to achieve a more sustainable, clean and energy efficient urban transport system by implementing and evaluating an ambitious, integrated set of technology and policy based measures.