Construction of a new municipal bus fleet has come to a finish-line. Tbilisi Mayor David Narmania, EBRD regional director in Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine Bruno Balvanera, Georgian Finance Minister Dimitri Kumsishvili, Vice Mayor Lasha Abashidze, Deputy Mayor Irakli Lekvinadze, City Council Chairman Giorgi Alibegashvili, Tbilisi City Hall and Council representatives visited the facility.
Bus fleet for 377 buses will open on 6 hectare space in late May, where 143 MAN buses purchased with the support of EBRD will be stationed, Tbilisi City Hall says.
Moreover, starting April 15, 5 MAN buses will launch operation on N9 route from Central Railway Station to Bagebi.
Currently, 40 units of MAN buses operate on 61, 51, 37 and 87 routes. All 143 buses bought by Tbilisi City Hall have been already conveyed to Tbilisi.
The base will include all facilities for valuable service of buses: garages, service centers, washing service, fueling stations, administrative building and auxiliary structures.
Tender winner LLC Dagi is performing works by order of LLC Transport Company. Construction works started in July 2016. Total budget of the project is 19 million GEL.
“New bus fleet construction works will end soon. A total of 143 new buses have already arrived in Tbilisi. At this stage, payment systems are being installed. This is a very important project. This is the first stage. As to the second phase, we will buy smaller buses too”, David Narmania siad.
Tbilisi City Hall started renovation of municipal bus fleet in September 2016. The project value is 34 million EUR, including EBRD preferential loan of 27 million EUR and 7 million EUR grant from EU-founded E5P foundation.