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Quarantine in Baku, but hundreds of thousands of people use buses daily

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BY INFORMATION SECTION

Despite the special quarantine regime introduced in the country, hundreds of thousands of people continue to use public transport in Baku. Recall that after the decision of the Operational Headquarters to close the Baku Metro, passenger transportation in Baku is carried out by buses only.

At the first online press-conference in Azerbaijan, Spokesman for the Baku Transport Agency Mais Agayev, said that BTA is taking all necessary measures to ensure the transportation of citizens under quarantine conditions. At the same time, the number of buses on regular lines and express routes did not decrease.

Despite the recommendations of BTA on maintaining social distance to prevent the spread of coronavirus, in the morning and evening hours there is an influx of passengers. At the same time, in the daytime, buses ride almost empty.

It is especially worth noting that along with regular routes, BTA launched about 100 buses along 7 express routes. About 80 more buses stand in reserve at metro stations.

According to the statistics on passenger transportation from BTA from 1 to 9 April, the most passengers were transported in Baku on 1 April - 614 thousand, and the least on Sunday, 5 April - 177 thousand. But even after toughening the quarantine regime and introducing a system of SMS permits for leaving the house, on average 400,000 passengers are transported in Baku by busses on a daily basis.

Data is as follows:

01.04.2020 - 614,142 passengers

02.04.2020 - 576,504 passengers

03.04.2020 - 554,652 passengers

04.04.2020 - 490,230 passengers

05.04.2020 - 177,209 passengers

06.04.2020 - 378,106 passengers

07.04.2020 - 394,071 passengers

08.04.2020 - 420,705 passengers

09.04.2020 - 424,051 passengers

At the same time, monitoring carried out by the Centre for Intelligent Transport Management along 43 streets and avenues from 1 to 9 April showed that there is a decrease of about 30% in traffic. At the same time, the experience of large cities of other countries in quarantine shows a decrease in traffic flow by 60-70%. The Baku Transport Agency considers the situation with the traffic flow and the number of passengers in buses abnormal and urge citizens to strictly observe the quarantine regime and leave their homes only when absolutely necessary.

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