Izmir Metropolitan Municipality brought 52 new buses to the city. Domestic vehicles, which were included in the fleet of ESHOT General Directorate with an investment of approximately 49 million TL, were put into service with a ceremony. Speaking at the ceremony, Mayor Soyer said that they buy midi buses to serve narrow streets and hilly districts, and that they will work day and night to provide a more comfortable transportation service to the back neighborhoods.
While Izmir Metropolitan Municipality continues its rail system investments on the way to strengthen the integrated public transportation system, it also strengthens its bus fleet. Metropolitan Municipality, which put a total of 31 new and domestic buses into service within ESHOT and İZULAŞ in the last nine months, added 49 new buses to the fleet of the General Directorate of ESHOT with an investment of approximately 52 million TL.
We will keep our promise
The ceremony, in which 10 articulated and 17 solo buses and 27 midibuses were put into service, was held in the old marketplace of Buca. İzmir Metropolitan Municipality Mayor Tunç Soyer emphasized that a total of 25 new buses have been purchased for the service of İzmir residents in the last nine months. Soyer gave the good news that bus purchases will continue; “Of course it will not be limited to these. We are continuing to work on including 83 more buses in our fleet over the next few years. On the one hand, we continue to make new investments needed in every field, and on the other hand, we strive to establish a healthy, reliable, cheap and environmentally friendly system in all our public transportation facilities. Because we work as a people's municipality with a social and democratic management approach. One of our most fundamental goals is to increase social, cultural and economic welfare throughout Izmir and to distribute this prosperity fairly throughout the city. "We will work day and night until we fulfill this promise to the letter."
Noting that the buses are Otokar branded domestic production, Mayor Soyer stated that they are proud to contribute to the country's economy. Mayor Soyer said, “Our buses that are put into service today are extremely comfortable, safe and suitable for disabled access. It is also environmentally friendly with its compliance with Euro 6 exhaust emission criteria. They will start serving on the lines needed. We took our Midi buses especially for narrow streets and hilly districts. With these vehicles, we aim to provide more comfortable public transportation services to the back neighborhoods, ”he said.
İzmir will be a pioneer and an example
OTOKAR General Manager Serdar Görgüç, stating that increasing the capacity of public transportation and maintaining it safely during the pandemic period is the problem of municipalities all over the world, “İzmir Metropolitan Municipality is getting ready to lead this business and to launch brand new and safe products. Izmir Metropolitan Municipality atıyor.türkiye reviewing a step forward to protect the health of the people in this difficult period Izmir will be examples to our country with this breakthrough, "he said.
After the speeches, OTOKAR General Manager Serdar Görgüç presented a bus model to Mayor Soyer.
İzmir MPs Murat Bakan, Kani Beko, Buca Mayor Erhan Kılıç, Gaziemir Mayor Halil Arda, İzmir Metropolitan Municipality Deputy Mayor Mustafa Özuslu, İzmir Metropolitan Municipality Secretary General Dr. Buğra Gökçe, ESHOT General Manager Erhan Bey, İZULAŞ General Manager Arda Şekercioğlu, council members, municipal bureaucrats and OTOKAR officials attended.