18-meter low-floor buses have been entered service on a new route in Almaty
25 december 2017
In Almaty, as part of the transport reform and the establishment of a sustainable public transport system, the rolling stock continues to be renewed and the route network increased. During the working tour Almaty’s governor Bauyrzhan Baibek examined new large buses or the so-called "accordion", launched today on the new main route No. 201.
New 18-meter low-floor buses of ecological class Euro-5, with a capacity of more than 180 people, will run all along the Tole bi street from Yassaui street to VOAD.
As reported by the head of the Office of Passenger Transport and Highways Maksut Isakhov, on the Tole bi road, which was about 14 km long, there was a large passenger traffic, but there was no direct route, therefore, taking into account the numerous appeals of the townspeople, it was decided to start the main route with large buses.
The route will be serviced by 19 rolling stock units, one in reserve. The planned interval of traffic is 6 minutes, from 6 am to 11 pm. Buses are equipped with air conditioning, video surveillance, ramps, each of the four doors has a terminal "ONAY".
"Only for a half-day operation of 14 buses was transported about two thousand people. If on the average on the route the passenger traffic is 10 thousand people per day, then on 201 route it is projected up to 25 thousand. We believe that the introduction of the route will significantly increase passenger comfort in this sector and, as a result, satisfaction with the quality of the services rendered by the carrier," M.Isakhov said.
The governor of Almaty noted that new buses met high ecological standards, but the city would continue work on transferring public transport to gas.
"This requires the appropriate infrastructure, filling stations and service stations, so now a fleet is being created that will meet all these requirements," he said.
Earlier, in the framework of the transport reform in Almaty, new buses entered service routes No.22, 70, 86, 65, 103, 50, 126, 112, and route No. 77 was renewed.
In general, this year in Almaty, funds have been allocated for the purchase of 388 buses of various capacities, of which 185 are already on the routes, the remaining 203 will be issued early next year. Private carriers also purchase 254 new buses, of which 91 are already on the routes, the remaining 183 buses will arrive in the first quarter of 2018.
As part of the detour, the head of the megapolis was presented with a system for recording violations of traffic rules on the lanes allocated for public transport.
"On the rolling stock installed cameras that fix cars that travel to the special zone in the wrong place, the license plate of the infringer is automatically recognized and with 100% of the evidence base the information is transferred for making procedural decisions to the city's internal affairs department. During the three days of the system's functioning, 104 violations were recorded on one trolleybus, which is equivalent to more than 1 million tenge. The system will allow to discipline both public transport drivers and private cars," said representative of the company-developer Alexander Satin.
It should be noted that the system was developed by the Institute of Space Technology and Technologies of the Ministry of Defense and Aerospace Industry of the Republic of Kazakhstan, all its components are manufactured in Kazakhstan. Based on the results of a longer and more detailed testing of the system, the possibility of its application on the roads of Almaty will be discussed.