“We have selected four consortia that enter the second phase of Almaty LRT project. We want to modernise and develop our transport system based on sustainable solutions,” said Yelena Yerzakovich, the representative of Almaty Electrotrans, at UITP Global Public Transport Summit held in Stockholm.
The four consortia are:
-ITOCHU Corporation (Japan, Spain, Turkey) comprising Itochu Corporation, CAF and Makyol;
-CMEC (China) comprising CMEC China Machinery Engineering Corporation, CHSR China High Speed Railway Technology Co. Ltd., CRCC22 China Railway 22th Bureau Group Co, Ltd;
-Alstom Kazakhstan (France, Japan, Turkey) formed by Marubeni Corporation, Alstom Kazakhstan, Gulermak, Meridiam.
The private partner will be responsible for detailed design and construction of complete LRT system including the depot which includes workshops, operation control facilities and offices.
The project will be purely based on availability. Traffic revenue will be collected by the public partner and other revenue (such as advertising revenue, retail revenue etc.) will be transferred to the private partner.
In 2018, the city of Almaty launched the tender for the design, development, construction, commissioning, financing, operation and maintenance of its first LRT system. 9 bidders submitted documents and technical proposals for the first stage of Almaty light rail project.
The project envisages the construction of a 22.7-km light rail line, served by 36 stations and a depot in Alatau district. The line will link Almaty’s principal avenues, passing through Momyshuly and Tole bi streets, Panfilov street to Astana square, and down Makatayev and Zhetysuskaya streets.
The new line, which will offer urban rail services linking the city’s principal avenues, will be operated by 36 light rail vehicles.
The LRT is expected to carry 76 000 – 112 000 passengers a day.
Railway PRO January issue provides you more information on Almaty public transport development.