BUSWORLD VISITS ALMATY
Busworld is visiting Almaty in Kazachstan from 25 to 27 June 2019 where it will organize Busworld Central Asia. It will be the second Busworld Exhibition this year and with the mother of all Busworlds yet to come in Belgium from 18 to 23 Octobre: Busworld Europe will be held for the first time in the Belgium capital Brussels.
Almaty, also known as Alma-Ata was until 1997 the capital of Kazachstan. With 1,8 million inhabitants it is the largest city in Kazachstan. Almaty faces considerable peak hour traffic congestion and pollution problems in addition to its high traffic fatality rate. Sustainable transport solutions can address these issues, which is why improvements to the existing transport network as well as a BRT system are necessary. Therefore Almaty municipality has inaugurated the second phase of its first bus rapid transit route. Linking the Orbita district with the city centre, the 4 km section doubles the length of the BRT route. Work began in 2018 and was completed last year. The full 13.2 km route crossing the city southwest-northeast is expected to be completed by 2021.
In addition to BRT services, parts of the route are served by trolleybuses. Four further BRT lines are planned to be built in the city by 2023. The city's transport strategy also calls for the expansion of its subway system and light rail transit (LRT) line. Currently, a single subway line—launched in 2012—serves the city, running 10 km over 9 stations and serving 36,000 – 38,000 passengers per day.
Kazakhstan faces the highest rate of traffic fatalities in the region. Graphic from European Status Report on Road Safety, 2009.
All these conditions mean that introduction of a well-planned BRT system will bring material benefits to the city in terms of passenger time savings and lower operational expenses. BRT will also bring additional benefits in the form of improved streets, traffic safety, better environmental conditions and reduced greenhouse gas emissions. The five planned BRT corridors are now a part of City of Almaty Sustainable Transport Strategy for 2013-2023.