The vast territory of Kazakhstan spans across 2.7 million km. With a low population density, widely-spread centres of industry and agriculture, and remoteness from world markets, the need for different modes of transportation in Kazakhstan is vital. Astana, the country’s capital, has seen a growing number of constructions and investment directed towards public transport since it became the capital in 1997.
In 2011 the city of Astana established a city company to implement a series of changes and programmes in the metropolis known as the ‘New transport system of Astana’. Amongst these many projects features the recent acquisition of 358 buses to integrate into its growing public transport network. This acquisition goes hand in hand with the implementation of systems aimed at streamlining the whole public transport network. A Unified Dispatcher Centre is currently being constructed; it will dispatch all passenger traffic in Astana and is fully integrated with the new buses.
Astana’s city council has ensured that its new project is aimed at the long-term, securing funding with a series of projects being implemented one at a time. Amongst these projects we find the implementation of induction-based charging for buses, E-ticketing and the development of a city taxi service. These projects ultimately aim to modernise the current route network.
The ‘New transport system of Astana’ project does not only look at the needs of an effective public transport network but also for instance at the need to improve various other systems such as the school bus system. Specialised school buses will meet the modern requirements of the environment and security.
The city of Astana is becoming a prime example of an advancing city in the modern age, making use of existing and new technologies in order to advance in a direction that will benefit both the user and the provider.
Photo: © Astana LRT
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