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BRT pilot corridor and a new bike path were presented to Akim of Almaty city


May 16, 2014. With the technical support of the project CAST UNDP-GEF, BRT pilot corridor and a new bike path were presented to Akim of Almaty city. As the result, Akim Akhmetzhan Esimov has approved the projects and committed the work on them to the relevant departments, according to the plan suggested by experts.

As per pre-feasibility study presented on the meeting, in Almaty more than 90% of passengers travel by bus. But there are well-known problems with it, as low speed, insufficient capacity, and generally low quality of the bus transits to be considered as an attractive alternative to private cars.

The solution may be BRT («bus rapid transit») that has specific design and infrastructure, safety and quality-oriented service, as well as a positive impact on improving the environment and the ecological situation in the city.   BRT sometimes called "ground station" because it combines the power and speed of light rail tram or subway with the flexibility, low cost and simplicity of the bus system. It will meet the needs of residents in fast, convenient and affordable transport infrastructure by creating dedicated lanes to provide fast and regular transit.

The pilot BRT corridor (Orbita –Timiryazev Street - City center - exit to Eastern bypass road) is the first of five potential corridors in Almaty. Together with the bicycle paths project the BRT along Timiryazev forms a "green corridor", which will be a vivid example of new approaches to planning a safe road infrastructure in the context of promoting sustainable transport and rehabilitation of airshed in Almaty.

BRT stations integrated with direct subway and projected LRT line. Dedicated bus corridor will serve Orbita microdistrict, universities, and provide a link to the new eastern bus station and the stadium. Average speed on this corridor will be 23 km/h, with the number of passengers carried up to 140,000 per day. The system can carry 6,000 people per hour using 12-meter buses and 9,000 with 18-meter buses, and provide with the greatest advantages of saving time.

Resulting from the consultations with international experts the recommendation of an open BRT concept for Almaty was developed, by modernizing the existing bus system where bus routes use BRT infrastructure, but can also branch out and offer direct services.

BRT is fast, offers quality, is cost-effective and can be implemented quickly (in 1-2 years).

Besides, CAST proposes to implement a project to improve cycling infrastructure in Almaty, which aims to ensure the safe and more attractive mobility for cyclists and pedestrians.  According to the study carried in October 2013, the main problems for cyclists in Almaty are dangerous driving (when you have to share the road with cars), conflicts with pedestrians, the parked cars interference and air pollution along the roads. The new bike path (5 km) will run along Timiryazev Street and Baitursynov Street, descending to the existing bike path on Abai Ave.

In the development of BRT pre-feasibility study and design of bikeways there are two teams of foreign experts involved, working in cooperation with local professional design engineers.  Various studies, as well as seminars and discussions were held to select pilot corridors, with the Heads of Almaty City Administration departments, cyclists and non-governmental organizations, and other stakeholders. Sharing the road space to bus lanes, pedestrian and cycling paths provide mobility to 4-10 times more people than the cars using the same roadway width of 3.5 m .

According to the objectives of the City of Almaty Sustainable Transport Strategy, adopted in 2013, the proportion of mass rapid transit network should reach 20% by 2023, and the percentage of the population living within 500 m from the network’s stations to reach 60%.

UNDP-GEF project "City of Almaty Sustainable Transport" is aimed at reducing the growth of greenhouse gas emissions from transport and improving the urban environment.

Sustainable transport (or "green transport”) is a transport and transport systems which have minimal adverse effects on the environment.

- Public transport (using bus instead of private cars reduces harmful emissions into the atmosphere in 10 times);

- Walking or cycling;

- Urban planning and land use, which reduces the need to travel

- Development of urban transport systems that are economical in fuel use, compact and promote a healthy lifestyle.


For additional info please contact:


Elena Kochenova Mrs.

PR & Communications Specialist

UNDP-GEF “City of Almaty Sustainable Transport” Project

33/1 Rysskulbekov str., Office 303

Almaty, 050023, Republic of Kazakhstan

Tel: + 7 727 312 19 95

Fax: + 7 727 312 19 94

e-mail: elena.kochenova@undp.org

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