Rostov-on-Don received new low-floor buses of large capacity. According to the Head of the city administration Sergey Gorban told Welcome2018.com that the quality of the new vehicles meets the requirements of the program of preparing the city for the 2018 FIFA World. The vehicles were purchased on lease, and are expected to appear on the streets of Rostov-on-Don in October, after the devices of the cashless fare system are installed.
“We have to buy 300 new buses for the 2018 World Cup. Buses have to meet modern requirements. The Governor of the Rostov Region Vasily Golubev has set the task to change the bus fleet and to increase the capacity of the buses. We will do everything to create comfortable conditions for passengers. It is the most important task. New buses are low-floor, which is convenient for people with disabilities, senior citizens and people with children. Buses are also equipped with attachments for wheelchairs. All buses have a modern engine that meets environmental standard "Euro 5,” Gorban said.
Before the end of the year, the municipal enterprise Rostovpassazhirtrans and the Department of Transportation plan to acquire 7 more large capacity low-floor buses equipped with air conditioning. Currently there are more than 500 high-capacity buses on the streets of Rostov-on-Don.
Thursday another host-city of the 2018 World Cup - Ekaterinburg – introduced low-floor buses purchased for the World Cup.
"With the first batch of buses, the car fleet of Ekaterinburg was renewed by 12%,” the Minister of Transport and Communications of the Sverdlovsk Region Alexander Sidorenko said. “Belarusian low-floor MAZ buses replaced the old diesel Ikarus buses. New buses with gas engine can significantly save money. Fuel consumption, according to preliminary estimates, decreases 2.5-fold. By the end of the week all 58 eco-friendly buses will come out on the city streets,” he added.
According to the Minister, tender documentation for the purchase of another 50 buses is currently in the works. "Funds for this were included in the budget for this year. We hope that the auction will be held in October-November. Also, we are working on purchasing 10 low-floor trams," Sidorenko said.