The city government couldn’t provide modal split data, although it reported carrying nearly 8.5 million passengers on its public transport system in 2010.
The city has not adopted a sustainable transport strategy, but it is undertaking certain steps to address traffic problems.
At present, it is seeking to renew its bus fleet, whose 53 vehicles are mainly below EURO IV standard, which came into effect in 2005. Aside from poor environmental performance, most of the buses are high-floor vehicles, which present accessibility problems.
During the past winter, the city acquired 16 buses meeting EURO V standard and enhanced environmentally friendly vehicle (EEV) classification. The city government hopes to continue a rapid rate of replacement so that it can completely jettison buses of EURO III and below.
In terms of clean fuels and vehicles, the public transport service uses “urban super” grade petrol, the most environmentally friendly fuel that the buses can use. Provided funding is available, the city also hopes to purchase buses with electric traction.
For future plans, the city hopes to stem the modal shift from public transport to private cars not only by modernizing buses, but by making scheduling improvements, locating bus stops more conveniently, introducing e-card ticketing and electronic information points, and giving buses priority on downtown streets.
The city has several bike friendly streets and lanes and is continuously developing this network in order to support cycling as a mode of transport.
The city administration reported that it has no civic partnerships in the field of sustainable mobility.