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In Penza authorities to help private carriers to purchase buses

14:25 | 17.04.2017 | Society

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Penza, 17 April 2017. PenzaNews. Mechanisms of the support for private carriers that are going to renew bus fleets are planed to be developed in the near future. This was reported by the head of the regional Ministry of Industry Mikhail Torgashin.

In Penza authorities to help private carriers to purchase buses

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"Tomorrow, we will have a meeting with representatives of the city administration and potential participants of the programme in order to develop a common approach. In order to use the allocated funds effectively, we will have to understand which companies will take part in the programme and what the terms will be," he said during the operative meeting that was held in the regional government on Monday, April 17.

The minister noted that the priority will be given to buses that use natural gas motor fuel and serve people with limited ability.

In turn, the governor Ivan Belozertsev noted that there is only one such fuel station in the city, that is why the issue requires a more detailed study.

He also said that it is planned to allocate 100 million rubles from the regional budget for subsidizing the acquisition of public transport.

During the meeting, Mikhail Torgashin gave a brief description of the state of Penza public transport. According to him, the city has 65 urban routes: six of them are serviced by large-sized buses, 52 – by small-sized buses, and seven – by trolleybuses.

"During the period of 2014-2016 the bus fleet was renewed with 198 units. As I already said, the municipal transport company "Merkury" was one of the enterprises that purchased buses. In addition, during 2015-2016 the corporation "Dilizhans" bought 40 large-sized buses. However, all of them were produced abroad and had short useful life," the head of the department reported.

He added that in 2017, enterprises bought 20 small-sized buses.

Mikhail Torgashin reminded that the city holds a course for replacement of minibuses by large buses. As an example, he mentioned route No. 68, which will undergo the corresponding changes in June 1.

According to him, the next route to undergo changes will be route No. 16.

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