60 smart bus on the roads of Kocaeli

60 smart buses on Kocaeli roads: 200 of the 60 buses purchased by Kocaeli Metropolitan Municipality arrived. Vehicles with libraries, passenger counting system, bicycle carrying apparatus will start carrying passengers in the city tomorrow.

200 of the 60 vehicles purchased by Kocaeli Metropolitan Municipality came to the city. 60 of the vehicles planned to be used in main lines and districts entered the determined lines with the ceremony held yesterday. Legal work continues to lease 200 natural gas, environmentally friendly buses to minibuses, all of which will arrive by November. The new buses with natural gas, 12 meters long and suitable for the disabled, were brought to the garage of the Metropolitan Municipality located on Plajyolu. New arriving vehicles will be taken to the lines without waiting. The vehicles will be used to replace the old vehicles of Izmit and Metropolitan, especially Körfez and Hereke. The remaining 5 of the vehicles with a 140-year maintenance and repair guarantee will be delivered by 11 November. The vehicles with a capacity of 85 passengers have 26 seats. The vehicles are the most convenient buses for the transportation of disabled citizens. The vehicles will be used especially in meeting the demands of municipal buses of the old towns and between district municipalities.

New arrivals also have the new system tools used in Turkey. Library system was applied for the first time in vehicles. The Metropolitan Municipality will put three of the 2 books of an author every month in the library in the vehicle. Citizens will be able to take out and read books during their travels. At the same time, citizens will be able to put books in the library. Thus, passengers will be able to exchange books through the library.

24 of the new buses will have bicycle carrying devices. On the front of the vehicles, there will be an apparatus that can carry two bicycles. Training will be provided to vehicle drivers for the transportation of bicycles. The buses will also have a computer system. With the system, the status of the vehicles will be immediately reflected on the computers installed in the offices and sudden vehicle malfunctions can be intervened immediately.

With the thermal camera system, the passengers who ride and descend at each stop will be counted. The system will determine which routes the passengers use most. UKOME will make new plans with this system.

Within the scope of the tram project planned to be made in order to solve the urban traffic problem in Kocaeli, 12 tram purchase contracts were signed in Sekapark. Kocaeli Metropolitan Municipality Mayor İbrahim Karaosmanoğlu, Secretary General Assoc. Dr. Tahir Büyükakın and Durmazlar Machinery Industry and Trade. Inc. Fatma Durmaz Yılbirlik, Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors, signed. Secretary General Büyükakın said, “The tender for the tram line was held in the past months. Gülermak Ağır Sanayi ve Taahhüt A.Ş. awarded this tender with a tender value of 113 million 990 thousand TL. kazanwas. The site was handed over on August 7, 2015. Our work completion date is February 6, 2017. We started the construction site installation. We are planning to start rail assembly in February," he said.

Stating that the construction will be completed at the end of 2016, Kocaeli Metropolitan Municipality Mayor İbrahim Karaosmanoğlu said, “Akçaray is not only a requirement of the Transportation Master Plan, but also a result of our nation's demand and common mind. Construction will be completed at the end of 2016. In 2017, the tram will begin passenger transportation. He expressed his view that the daily passenger capacity will be 16 thousand people.

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