Khodrocar - The development of the bus fleet as well as the subway is on the agenda of the City Council, and contracts have been drawn up with council members citing non-transfer of funds as well as decisions to ban bus imports from major development hurdles. At the same time, the neglect of governments in recent years and the construction of freeways and highways rather than the development of the public transport fleet have also contributed to the cause.
"In the year of 1400, Tehran need 11 thousand buses that would be enough for 5 million passengers, while the subway fleet would need three thousand wagons to cover 10 million passengers in addition to the existing ones.” Mohammad Alikhani, manager of the transportation commission of the city council told khodrocar reporter.
"Currently, the bus fleet consists of 5,900 buses, most of which are worn out, with 9,000 buses having to be equipped in 98 and 11,000 vehicles by 1400, which in practice has not been achieved. Is.” He added.
"At a time when this could be improved and the financial situation was far better and sanctions were not a priority, bridges and highways were built and car-centric priority was given to human-centric, so no attention was paid to modernizing the public transport fleet. Ultimately, this great chat was created which will undoubtedly fill the gap, even in the absence of obstacles and difficulties.” The member of city council said.
"There is no ability to build engines, gearboxes, brakes and bus components domestically and is supplied externally and only the body, glass and seats are built internally, while bus imports are now banned so solving the public transportation fleet problem faces obstacles.” He called.
"The government approves the car it owns but does not lift the ban on bus imports so as to reduce imports partially, part of the need and problems can be achieved by contracting domestic carmakers and paying 50% The contract met the requirement that automakers need more than a year after importing parts and manufacturing them, so that in the absence of any problem, these contracts will be concluded in the next two years.” He said.
"A contract has been signed for the purchase of 4 subway wagons and is to be credited by the government. The contract, which the City Council has been pursuing since its inception, now faces the problem of transferring funds that the central bank is seeking to resolve if it takes about 15 to 20 months to complete the challenge before the first parts are resolved arrive and deliver wagons.” He told.
"The Chinese company has already won the contract and is set to cooperate with Tehran Wagon to produce some parts inside. Of course, the subway train is different and very sensitive because it stops at every one kilometer so it has a high depreciation but the parts Importers face a serious challenge despite the contract because of problems with financial transfers.” He said.
"The metro and bus network is now saturated, but the fleet is not of good quality because governments do not always have a proper understanding of public transport and do not see this as a necessary necessity if transportation as a strategic commodity is a strategic commodity. It is considered and until the existing obstacles are eliminated, the improvement of the condition of the transport fleet will not be realized.” He said.
These statements suggest that changing governments' attitudes as well as rethinking their decisions can have a significant impact on the development of the public transport fleet.