At the beginning of his speech, Putin congratulated all transport workers on the holiday. “Thanks to your professionalism and dedication, air, land and water transportation is carried out rhythmically, the stable operation of the entire transportation system of our great country is ensured, including shipments to the north. Thank you for this enormous and hard work,” said. said the head of state.
The president said that large-scale projects will be implemented to build and modernize transportation infrastructure. “We need to continue creating convenient routes on all types of transportation, introduce advanced digital services and applications for passengers and businesses,” he said. Putin also ordered to increase the speed and comfort of travel. “This is especially true in the case of public transportation, which is becoming increasingly popular. People choose it because it is faster and cheaper. In our country, more than 10 billion people are transported every year by buses alone. , trolleybuses and trams,” said the president. saying. According to him, it is necessary to comprehensively improve the transportation system, not only in large agglomerations, but also in medium and small cities.
In total, about 5.5 thousand buses, electric buses and trams will arrive in the regions by the end of the year
Among the main priorities is the annual renewal of equipment, which means reducing the average age of the public transport fleet throughout the country. The president said that to help the regions in this matter, new mechanisms of financial support for the regions were specifically used: Treasury loans. “For these purposes, 50 billion rubles have been allocated. This year, with these funds, about three thousand buses will be transferred to the regions,” the president said.
In addition, preferential leasing mechanisms are widely used, funds are attracted from the National Welfare Fund, and projects for the development of urban land electric transport are subsidized. In total, by the end of the year, about 5.5 thousand buses, electric buses and trams will arrive in the regions. “This means that for many of our citizens the use of public transport will be more comfortable and safer,” Putin concluded. The president said that he is waiting for proposals from the government to accelerate the pace of updating public transport in the regions.
For his part, the head of the Ministry of Transport, Vitaly Savelyev, confirmed with statistics that public transport is increasingly popular. According to him, passenger transportation in public transport during the nine months of this year increased by 4.5% compared to the same period in 2022 and amounted to 11 billion people. In addition, the minister noted that until the end of 2024, the supply of about 12.5 thousand vehicles to the regions will be guaranteed. “Currently the supply of 1,658 vehicles has been secured, of which today we are delivering 567 vehicles to 12 regions of the country,” he said. Savelyev also recalled that this year it is planned to move more than 600 buses of various classes to new regions of Russia.
The president asked Deputy Prime Minister Marat Khusnullin if the regions could formulate an order for public transport for the second half of next year. “Of course they can. In general, following his instructions, we gathered all the projects to modernize public transportation into the Mobile City project; this was his direct order based on the results of the State Council,” he said. According to the deputy prime minister, this project includes all buses, electric buses, electric trains, trams, trolleybuses and metro cars. “In general, the figure for the future until 2030 is about 600 billion. The regions choose everything,” he added.
The head of Chechnya, Ramzan Kadyrov, also participated in the event. He thanked the president for his help in restoring the transport sector in the republic and, in general, his attention to Chechnya. “I would like to convey the words of our elders who scold me for not coming to our republic,” Kadyrov said and invited the head of state to Chechnya. Putin, in turn, recalled that the transfer of the capital from Chechnya was once discussed, but now such thoughts seem strange against the background of wonderful Grozny. “Thank you to the people who live there for what was done and, of course, also to you. We will undoubtedly continue this joint work in the future,” said the president.
In conclusion, Putin symbolically initiated the delivery of a large batch of new equipment for public transport to several regions of the country. “I do this with great pleasure: I allow it,” he said in response to Savelyev’s request to allow the movement. “Have a good trip. Let’s go!” – the minister ordered, and new buses, trolleybuses, electric buses with horns came out on their routes.
It should be noted that the event was attended by the heads of five regions of Russia: the Amur, Volgograd, Nizhny Novgorod and Orenburg regions, as well as the Chechen Republic. The material was also delivered to the regions of the Republic of Bashkortostan, Kaluga, Murmansk, Novosibirsk and Rostov, as well as to the Perm and Stavropol territories.