Tashkent stop to use trolleybuses, expand tram service
Tashkent, Uzbekistan (UzDaily.com) --
Cabinet of Ministers of Uzbekistan adopted on 26 October a resolution “On measures on renewable of the fleet of the city passenger electricity transport”.
The document was adopted for further development of city electricity transport, taking into account increasing volume of passenger transportation, increasing level and quality of serving population and equipping fleet with modern trams and trolleybuses.
In line with the resolution, exploitation of trolleybuses in Tashkent will be stopped step-by-step in 2009-2010. From 1 January 2010, use of trolleybuses in Jizzakh city and Namangan-Turakurgan route will be also stopped.
Khorezm region will continue to exploit trolleybuses, which connects Urgench city and Khiva city. In line with the resolution, Khorezm region will receive nine new trolleybuses.
The Uzbek government also approved programme on gradual reconstruction of tram infrastructure in Tashkent. The resolution said 20 trams will be purchased for Tashkent within 2009-2010.
Purchase of trams and trolleybuses will be financed due to loan of the Fund of Reconstruction and Development of Uzbekistan. The loan issued to 10 years, with three-year grace period. The interest rate of loan is 1% APR plus 0.25% APR - margin of refinancing Uzpromstroybank.