ASTANA – Fifty-five of Astana’s bus stops will be heated by the end of the year, according to the city akimat (administration).
The first heated bus stop will be located at the intersection of Kabanbai Batyr Avenue and Dostyk Street. “This is a place with alarge flow of urban, suburban and express routes,” according to a statement from the Astana Department of Passenger Transport and Automobile Roads, reports 7news.kz
The bus shelter is being panelled, electricity is being provided and tiles are being laid. Each of the heated bus stops costs 10 million tenge (US$36,400), says the same department.
According to the department, bus stops will be made of welded steel box profiles with anti-corrosion coating and will be lined with tapes made of galvanised steel. They are designed to be vandal-resistant. The windows will be made of aluminium frames with two layers of tempered glass.
The first heated bus stops will appear in the spots with the greatest number of passengers. There will be two types of bus stops with areas of 12 and 20 square metres. During the winter, the temperature inside the stops will be supported by infrared heaters with control sensors. According to the department, all of them will also be equipped with toilets. All bus stops will also have video surveillance cameras connected to the city’s common system and other sensors and air exchange inside the bus shelters will be conducted by natural ventilation.
In addition, it is planned that they will be equipped with passenger information systems. This system involves the installation of information screens that will display the arrival time of the buses. The passenger information system will include the development of mobile applications for smartphones.