IMM President Ekrem İmamoğlumade a new vehicle inspection for the second time, to include it in the BRT fleet. İmamoğlu, who traveled in the test vehicle from the last stop of TÜYAP to Yenibosna, answered the questions of the journalists while driving. Emphasizing that they will act with a common mind in the purchase of a vehicle and decide accordingly, İmamoğlu said, “We are solving today, but we are also thinking about 3 years, 5 years, 10 years ahead. We will find a solution on this line by connecting people to the metro as much as possible. But this line will continue as needed. We are aware that acting with science, not populism, will be in favor of both citizens and Istanbul."
Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality (IMM) President Ekrem İmamoğluhad tested a new generation bus on 19 November 2019 in order to include it in its BRT fleet. İmamoğlu also participated in the second test this morning. İBB Secretary General Yavuz Erkut, Deputy Secretary General for transportation Orham Demir, President Advisor Murat Ongun, İETT General Manager Alper Kolukısa and Bus A.Ş. He was accompanied by General Manager Ali Evren Özsoy. Imamoglu, who received detailed information about the vehicle from the company officials, examined the bus in motion. Traveling from TÜYAP to Yenibosna, İmamoğlu answered the questions of journalists in the vehicle he tested. The questions asked to İmamoğlu and the answers given by the İBB President to the questions were as follows:
We have to choose a vehicle close to error-free
Will the tests continue? When will we see BRTs in the fleet?
Bus purchases in such cities are quite high in number, not a few buses. Especially the BRT line is at a very high level in terms of performance; passenger transport level is high in terms of kilometers covered by buses. So we have to find the maximum experience, the minimum wrong. We even have to choose a vehicle that is close to error. We have reasons, when choosing a vehicle. In addition to being cautious and environmentally friendly vehicles that reduce carbon emissions, today's quests include fuel consumption, of course passenger capacity, and in particular, passenger comfort, heating and cooling. We question that. Our technical friends are questioning. I want to experience every vehicle as long as I can. After all, you decide on behalf of 16 million people. Some mistakes have been made in the past. Unfortunately, millions of pounds of vehicles have lodged in the warehouse. These are big mistakes. Not so simple mistakes. You're using the nation's money. You don't buy a car to your own taste. In that respect, we will make the right decision. We're out of time. Truly bus reception has suffered a neglect in the renewal of Istanbul. Currently, our vehicles serve at very high kilometers. We need to get refreshed as soon as possible. We're at their final limits. In the coming days, we have to decide and leave. Because these vehicles do not stop in the warehouse of any factory. They have production and lead time. In the light of all this, we want to make a quick decision. We can't make mistakes. High comfort, minimum cost and cost based on many years, also subject to environmental sensitivity. By adding all these concepts, we will make the right decision.
WE WILL ACT WITH A COMMON MIND
How many buses are planned? Will it be purchased with equities or on loan?
There are different financing models. I mean efficiency. You don't sit and account for these things at the cost of the first day. For example, you make a 10-year account. He's taking care of it. We want to secure ourselves there. There is a way of saving fuel consumption. This lowers your cost. All these are good financing accounts. At the same time, people who have experienced vehicle technology need a common opinion. Here, too, we will act with common sense and decide accordingly.
WE THINK LONG-TERM
“Metrobus is a means of transportation that is the subject of discussion. It makes our lives easier and it's a big problem. How will the new vehicles solve the problems in the metrobus? ”
Here, too, additional technologies that we are not talking about right now will be discussed. We have these in our minds. Why am I saying not to be spoken? Currently, they have some legal bases, topics open to discussion, etc. We are aware that the metrobus line is really loaded beyond its capacity. What is it that will alleviate this? It is a metro investment. This is the priority of Istanbul. What is metro investment? For example, we think that even the metro that will be activated this year between Mecidiyeköy and Mahmutbey will significantly relieve the metrobus line. For example, the İncirli-Beylikdüzü line. It has been on the shelf for years. We want to sit down and talk quickly. Likewise, we have a line from Mahmutbey to Esenyurt, which concerns the west of Istanbul, and we are planning to connect it with the Beylikdüzü metro. It was tendered, but unfortunately there is no project. We are working on it. It takes 3-4 years for these to come into play. But when you look from the metrobus perspective, when these lines are activated, my guess is that the need for metrobus will decrease significantly. Then let's think of it as a normalized transit line or a special preferred road, it will transform into a line shape. This is more efficient. We solve today, but on the one hand, we are thinking about 3 years, 5 years, 10 years from now. We will find a solution on this line by bringing people to the metro as much as possible. But this line will continue as needed. We have to discuss not only today, but also 5 years, 10 years, even 20 years. We have to plan the future of Istanbul in this sense so that we do not encounter surprises and political decisions. Political decisions have been made before. The first planning was, for example, Avcılar-Topkapı. 'Let's add this, let's add this too.' Efficiency was not considered. If the time wasted there was solved by another investment, maybe it would not be needed. For example, if the Incirli-Beylikdüzü metro line, which has been promised in every election period since 2003, had already been built, this line would not have been considered. I'm telling as an example. All these jobs are a position for the future planning needs of the process. This issue has been neglected. Now we always look at them as today's solution, but as a longer term solution tomorrow.
Miy Can we conclude that the BRT line will be extended? ”
Extended. But why can it be extended? Maybe the easing here can solve such a need there. We listened to the needs in both Silivri and Büyükçekmece. How can we solve it quickly? I said, 'Work an express line' to IETT. Express line to quickly transport people to the metrobus. At some times of the day or months, there is a very low-intensity journey. For example, there is a 5-6 times travel difference between winter and summer. Considering all these, we said 'There may be express lines'. We are aware that acting with science, not populism, will be in favor of both citizens and Istanbul.