President of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev got acquainted with a presentation on measures to develop public transport in the city of Tashkent. Convenient public transport is a necessary attribute of a modern city. But in Tashkent, this issue has become an urgent problem. The depreciation of the bus fleet, the closure of central bus stations, and the inefficient connection of routes created a number of inconveniences for residents.
In addition, over the past five years, the population of the capital has increased by 300 thousand people, its territory has expanded. Every day more than a million people come and go to the capital. However, the public transport system does not correspond to the changes taking place in the capital. The service life of 350 buses has exceeded 10 years, 393 buses are missing. Due to traffic jams on the streets, the interval of buses is extended to 30 minutes during peak hours.
As a result, passengers are rightly dissatisfied with the services provided and prefer personal transport. In Tashkent, the rate of use of a private car is 79 percent, respectively, the level of use of public transport is only 21 percent. Shavkat Mirziyoyev, at a meeting with voters in Tashkent on 19 October last year, paid special attention to this issue and noted that the necessary measures would be taken. Tasks in this direction were discussed at today’s presentation.
The main task of the Ministry of Transport and the Khokimiyat of Tashkent is to increase the level of use of public transport by 2 times. It was emphasized that, at the same time, priority should be given to a systematic approach and facilitating the movement of people, ensuring connectivity and the integrated development of all modes of transport, including route, rail and meter lines, as well as infrastructure for cycling and walking.
It was instructed to build 10 modern stations on the main roads of entry from the regions to Tashkent, as well as parking lots next to 6 metro stations with the largest number of passengers.