Experts, people and officials have repeatedly blamed Tehran’s suffocating traffic as well as the worsening air pollution partly on the city’s inadequate, old and inefficient public transportation system.
“The only way to reduce air pollution in the capital city is to develop the urban transport network and infrastructure,” says Maziar Hosseini, deputy for transportation and traffic affairs at the Tehran Municipality.
Buses account for 23% of all transportation in the overcrowded metropolis and developing public transportation, particularly in the southern districts where it is a preferred means of commuting, is high on the agenda.
Hosseini said the city needs at least 10,000 buses for its daily commuting needs, while there are 7,000, a portion of which are “off duty” for repairs.
The TM is planning to purchase or renovate 3,000 buses, and has signed contracts with local manufacturers to buy 500 CNG-fueled buses. More info