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The Irkutsk Transportation Master Plan Solutions For Public Transport System Development


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M. Sharov, A. Levashev & A. Mikhailov


Irkutsk has extremely favourable conditions for developing the electric public transportation system. The basis of the regional power system is the Irkutsk hydropower station. It has a unique feature; the stability of seasonal power production throughout the year. Due to this factor, the cost of power production in Irkutsk is one of the lowest in the world. The master plan for Irkutsk was created in 1985 and was intended as a means to further the development of the tram network. However, ten years later, the tramline was excluded from the technical project of the new bridge across Angara River. As a result, private bus companies received the most lucrative segment of the public transport system and the municipal network of electric public transport became ineffective and received a negative economic balance. In 2008–2010 the transportation laboratory of Irkutsk State Technical University (TL ISTU) created the Transportation Master Plan for Irkutsk. The goal of this project was to forecast traffic and passenger flow distribution up to 2020. According to TL ISTU forecasts, the largest daily passenger and traffic flows are between the Sverdlovsky borough and the city center. TL ISTU has modelled several combinations of routes for the public transport system, including the consideration of a new bridge over the Angara River and arguing for the municipal trolleybus network development. Keywords: public transport, transportation demand estimation, transport master plan, transport and passenger flows, macrosimulation.


public transport, transportation demand estimation, transport masterplan, transport and passenger flows, macrosimulation.