Saturday, July 21, 2018

Sverdlovsk officials discuss problems with Yekaterinburg's public transportation

Last week, Sverdlovsk Governor Yevgeny Kuyvashev met with members of the Yekaterinburg City Duma to discuss the challenges facing the city's public transportation system.

Over the past few months, Yekaterinburg residents have raised concerns over the poor conditions of the public transportation vehicles and the relatively high cost to ride them, Oblastnaya Gazeta reports.

A recent budgetary analysis revealed that the average cost of a trip on a public transportation vehicle in Yekaterinburg costs the government $1.41. Meanwhile, the average fare price to the customers on a public transportation vehicle is 65 cents.

It is estimated that Yekaterinburg will need to spend approximately $80 million each year to effectively operate and profit from its public transportation program. The city's 2014 public transportation budget, however, was allocated only $22 million, according to Oblastnaya Gazeta.

Members of the local government have begun turning to other Sverdlovsk municipalities for ideas on how to improve Yekaterinburg's unprofitable public transportation system. For example, a trip on one of Perm's trams costs 37 cents. In St. Petersburg, a bus ride costs 70 cents and a subway ticket costs 79 cents.

Regional and local officials have already determined that the ticket price to board one of Yekaterinburg's buses, trains or trams will have to increase in 2014.

"All perks urban and suburban public transport for residents of the Sverdlovsk region, and residents of the regional capital should be preserved," Kuvvashev said, Oblastnaya Gazeta reports. "We can not talk about how to maintain a reduced fare for a certain category of citizens and increase the cost of travel to the other."