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Tbilisi: Public transport with home delivery2012-08-28 20:53
Tbilisi puts into operation experimental routes for public transport, passing through the courtyards of the city. Yellow minibuses drop off not numerous passengers directly at the entrances of their homes. This creates a sense of possession of private transport.
Development of the Georgian economy and countless reforms of recent years have greatly influenced the transport sector of Tbilisi. Last trolley began to disappear from the streets of the capital in late 2005. The same year the minibuses stopped entering the center of the city, they were moved to the periphery; now large municipal buses are serving the downtown. But they have not long existed in Tbilisi. Soon, in 2007, they were replaced by yellow buses from the Netherlands, popularly nicknamed "sandrobuses" - in the honor of the First Lady Sandra Roelofs. There were rumors that Mikheil Saakashvili's father-in-law was their owner. "Sandrobuses" have been equipped with modern electronic cash registers.
Today, in the central streets of Tbilisi you can meet both the big yellow buses of the Japanese-Ukrainian production and minibuses "Ford". These "Fords" are used on the experimental lines for public transport. New routes have been introduced by the Ministry of Transport; drivers with the greatest seniority have helped in their development.
We have talked to the driver of a minibus No 70 about the advantages and disadvantages of the new route lines. He's working on the route "Varketeli - 4th District". We have traveled all this small way to the end station with him. This took no more than 15 minutes. There were a few passengers, and when the last of them left the minibus, we talked to the driver.
- Is it a coincidence that there were so few passengers?
- No, here always are so few passengers, even in the early morning and evening hours. This is a very short route. Earlier, we did not stop in the courtyards; we dropped off the passengers on the outer road, on the highway. And then our bosses along with experienced drivers developed this inner route.
- What do the passengers think about this innovation?
- Our not numerous passengers are very happy. We bring them up to their homes. And these minibuses are more comfortable - they have air-conditioner, for example. We turn it on when the temperature rises above 25 degrees.
- And are you satisfied with your salary?