Izmir Metropolitan Municipality has added 304 new buses to the fleet of ESHOT General Directorate. Speaking at the promotion ceremony of the buses, Mayor Soyer said that with this purchase, they signed the largest single bus tender in the country in 2020, “This has been one of the concrete indicators of the financial strength and reliability of our municipality. Moreover, we bought our new buses in extremely economical conditions. "We won while buying so to speak."
Providing a total of 10 new and domestic buses to citizens in the last 83 months, İzmir Metropolitan Municipality purchased a total of 170 buses, 134 solo and 304 articulated buses. New buses were signed today at the Izmir Metropolitan Municipality Stand at the 89th Izmir International Fair. At the ceremony, İzmir Metropolitan Municipality Mayor Tunç Soyer and Otokar Bus Company General Manager Serdar Görgüç met to give good news to the people of İzmir on 304 buses that will increase the quality and comfort of public transportation in the city. Deputy Mayor of Izmir Metropolitan Municipality Mustafa Özuslu, Secretary General of Izmir Metropolitan Municipality Dr. Buğra Gökçe, CHP Party Council Member (PM) Rıfat Nalbantoğlu, CHP İzmir Deputies Kani Beko, Murat Bakan, Özcan Purçu, district mayors, DİSK representatives and guests attended.
Mask highlighted the importance of distance and hygiene
Izmir Metropolitan Municipality Mayor Tunç Soyer said that they continued to undertake extraordinary works as a municipality in a period of extraordinary days due to the coronavirus epidemic. President Soyer said, “In this period where production and consumption are declining considerably, the economy slows down, people are starting to pull their hands from the streets once again because of health concerns, it is not 'extraordinary' to buy 304 buses. Life goes on. It should. By following the hygiene rules, social distance and the use of masks to the maximum extent; We know that we have to live, work, produce and walk into the future. "One of our duties as a municipality is to ensure the maximum level of health safety in public transportation in this difficult process."
"We won while buying"
Accordingly, President Soyer stated that they aim to rejuvenate the fleet whose average age is rising, aging, breakdown and depreciation costs are rising, and to offer more safe and comfortable public transportation to Izmir residents, and continued as follows: “With this purchase, We signed. This has been one of the concrete indicators of the financial strength and reliability of our municipality. Moreover, we bought our new buses in extremely economical conditions. We won while buying, so to speak. We will pay 2020 million TL in total. We will give this in five years, not in advance. In addition, Otokar General Directorate will provide after-sales services such as repair and maintenance free of charge for five years in accordance with the contract. Soyer added that they spend the money of Izmir for the people of Izmir and they take maximum care to use the resources generated by the people's taxes without wasting even a penny.
"We are looking forward to seeing the buses on the streets of Izmir"
Otokar Bus Company General Manager Serdar Görgüç said that they are proud to be preferred for the new transportation investment in İzmir. Underlining that they have the opportunity to contribute to the public transportation of Izmir once again with this agreement, Serdar Görgüç stated that they are working to fulfill the task in the best possible way. Görgüç said, “We look forward to producing buses worthy of our city and offering 304 new buses to İzmir's service as soon as possible and seeing them on the streets of İzmir. For this, we will work with heart and soul. It makes us proud to contribute to İzmir's innovative, investor and also İzmir-minded activities ”. Signatures were signed after the speeches. Chairman Soyer also examined the articulated bus at the stand.
In nine months it will all come
Buses included in the fleet of the ESHOT General Directorate will be delivered step by step. The first batch will arrive in three months. Until June 2021, all of them will start to serve Izmir residents. In addition to their modern designs, the vehicles have many features in terms of safety and comfort. In buses, which are state-of-the-art, suitable for disabled access, air-conditioned, meeting Euro 6 exhaust emission standards; There are many features such as passenger information screens and announcement system, phone and tablet charging points, floor and ceiling heat insulation, tilting to the right at the stops and driver's safety cabin. In addition, the fleet tracking system, which is fabricated on the vehicles, will be compatible with ESHOT's fleet tracking system and IZUM. Thus, planning of public transportation will be made much easier and more efficient.