December 4, 2023

A presentation targeting drivers and owners of public transportation companies was held in Lefkoşa by the Traffic Department of the Ministry of Public Works and Transportation in cooperation with the Girne Municipality, Lapta Municipality and Alsancak Municipality.

During the presentation, members of the sector were informed on works which have been initiated towards the improvements of the bus stops and the quality of public transportation around the western route of Girne.

The presentation entitled “Public Transportation in the Girne Region and Planned Regulations to the Western Route Transportation” was delivered by Architect Ayşe Baysal from the Public Works office of the Kyrenia Municipality. She briefed the attendees on the steps which are being taken towards regulating public transportation around the western route of Girne, whilst also referring to matters that they need to consider in order to raise the prestige of their profession.  

Minister of Public Works and Transportation Tolga Atakan, Principle Ministry Clerk Ramadan Beysun and Head of the Public Vehicles Trade Association (KAR-İŞ) Beksan Bekir Akandere were also present during the presentation, which was held at the headquarters of the Exchequers and Audit Department.

Within the scope of works initiated with the aim of “originating a sustainable, modern and safe public transportation system”, certain regulations will be put into practice on the route starting from Karşıkaya on the west, towards Girne (Güzelyalı Avenue, Fevzi Çakmak Avenue and Karaoğlanoğlu Avenue) and within the municipal borders around the region. Within this framework, the final stages of establishing a cooperative among the public transportation companies serving the region has been reached, and the identification of the locations for the stops needed on the mentioned route and area has been almost completed. Following this, with the placement of new, modern, accessible and smart stops and with the introduction of a smart card system, travelling by public transportation will be made more attractive and safe. Passengers will be able to see which bus is approaching and when it will arrive from the information boards placed at bus stops. In addition to these, a series of rigorous measures will be taken, including the cancellation of operation licenses for public transportation vehicles, which are spotted dropping off and picking passengers at random locations instead of bus stops.

Source: Ministry of Public Works and Transportation

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