Electric genocide in Russia

• Genocide of electric transport in Russia

Cemetery trams, Los Angeles, 1952. One of the most famous pictures of the last century. By the beginning of XX century in Los Angeles, there was one of the largest tram networks in the world. But soon the public transport decided to give up: people thought that in the private car - the future. The last trams disappeared from the city in 1963.

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Today, Los Angeles boasts the widest roads in the world, the largest interchanges and terrible traffic jams.

We live in an amazing time. Much, perhaps most of humanity has the opportunity to use the latest achievements of science and technology. Application on your smartphone helps you manage the factory, to design the house, say, or compose music. Scanners are able to find the disease, which without them would be found one doctor in a hundred. Robots build electric vehicles and carry out the most difficult operations, spaceships have learned to leave the solar system and started to explore the space of our galaxy. Any famous museum you can visit virtually and see the work of art is better than in reality ...

It seems that everyone understands what is good and what is bad. But when it comes to public transport, begin debate: "Is not clear whether we trams They take up so much space?" or "Why in the trolley? It's outdated!". In the cities of the developed world we have made these mistakes in the middle of the last century. Now they are catching up. But Russia has its way. We need to make all the mistakes yourself.

Strong business executives with soviet mentality with pleasure pluck contact networks, to weed out kilometers of rails and trams and trolley buses are sent for scrap, or turn them into pubs for the entertainment of the rare tourists. In place of outdated, inefficient but working state unitary enterprises and municipal unitary enterprises come brazen private traders procured deshovenkie gas vans and hired as drivers failed racers ... Do you think this happens only in a pair of Russian cities? Certainly not!

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That's what I (ed - Ilya Varlamov.) Write from Dzerzhinsk:

"Hello, Ilya.

In Dzerzhinsk, Nizhny Novgorod Region authorities decided to eliminate the tram traffic.

December 19 residents are planning to hold a rally against the liquidation of trams.

You have a lot of readers, please write a post about it. "

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In fact, the authorities have decided to simply remove the trolley from the 230,000th city "due to physical deterioration of tram tracks and rolling stock, uneconomical, in order to ensure the safety of passenger transport."

In this case, the offer to purchase b / y-carriages of the Moscow administration did not pay attention. Activists say that without the tram in the city of traffic jams occur, but they themselves will lose the opportunity to get to work on time and without traffic jams.

Dzerzhinsky tram in November, celebrated its 82 th anniversary. Despite the decline, in which a tram system gradually came in 2006, two routes, №4 and №5, still worked and enjoyed popularity among the townspeople. But the December 17 local trams made their last voyage ...

The staff spent tram, gave him a real funeral. Administration of this idea did not like, and the tram quickly tore the wreath.

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In this situation, the inhabitants of Dzerzhinsk did not pretend that they do not care, but to show the wonders of self-organization. December 19 they are going to go to the rally against the elimination of the tram, to tell everyone about her reasons, and at the same time how the tram developed in other cities.

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These are just two examples. I decided to reveal the other cities, the authorities which are engaged in wrecking and destroying the urban electric transport. Let's see where it takes place.

Take, for example, Petrozavodsk. It is the capital of Karelia, a city with nearly 300-thousand population. In the fall of the city was almost left without a trolleybus because of debts MUP "Urban Transport" to energy companies. Debt in the amount of 8 million rubles, by the way, and not repaid. As the company will live on, it is not clear. New subsidies from the budget allocated, likely will not. It is likely that the residents of Petrozavodsk will have to continue to defend his trolley at the meetings.

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Even worse had Mound. Trolley did not come out on the streets of the city in April 2015. In November, just in time for the 50th anniversary of Kurgan trolley, it became aware of its final liquidation. meeting of creditors voted MUP "urban electric" movement against the resumption.

In this case, the bankruptcy trustee Andrew Pleshkou MUP said that lenders were willing to put trolley buses, if they are given guarantees for the payment of debts and explain, from what means they will be paid in the case of loss-making enterprises. But the administration of Kurgan opportunity to resume the dialogue with the creditors ignored.

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Another city, which may soon lose trolleybus - Blagoveshchensk. In the summer in a fierce debate about the fate of this mode of transport. Now the city has only one trolley route. The townspeople tried to save it by creating and organizing a petition to collect signatures, but the process goes not very cheerful.

The mayor of Blagoveshchensk Valentine Kalita said that the trolley is not in demand among the citizens, and in general, his absence, they almost do not notice. In fact, the city government in 2013 simply took the trolley from the popular route, and let him down another street. As a result, within a year the number of passengers transported by trolley buses, decreased by half compared with 2011-m. And then the mayor tells the world about how the trolley unpopular with citizens.

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In Volgograd, on the Elimination of all trolleybus network of speech does not go, but the authorities were going to close with a New Year's routes №6 and №18. They managed to defend the residents of the city, which merged with the transporters. This is a rare case when the city authorities really pay attention to public opinion, rather than to try again to convince the population that the bus is much more convenient.

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Residents of Astrakhan spring feared the trolley bus network in the city will be closed because of the debt CBM "ATP" to energy companies. In April trolley even stood for one day, and the new director of the company called for the elimination of trolleybus traffic. But the mood of summer officials mysteriously changed, and the mayor has supported the preservation of electric vehicles. Shortly thereafter, the authorities have started talking about increasing fleet of trolley buses and even frozen fare.

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In general, conflicts with the power companies - one of the main causes of the current crisis, companies that control the tram and trolleybus traffic in Russian cities. Debts of a number of municipal unitary enterprises tens of millions of rubles, and energy forced to go to extreme measures. Work stoppages electric because of debts has become a daily occurrence in the last couple of years. This year, in addition to the Kurgan and Astrakhan and Petrozavodsk similar stories have occurred, for example, in Saratov, Togliatti.

The situation is so complex that even the liquidation of electric worried about the media official of the State Duma and the Federation Council - "Parliamentary newspaper".

The authorities of the Russian cities are plenty of talk about the loss of trams and trolleybuses. It is important to remember who brought all these MUPy to their current state, giving all the best routes bread at the mercy of private owners with their minibuses and mini-buses. In addition, urban transport does not have to be profitable. Tallinn's example proves that travel may even be free. This measure not only ensures the mobility of the population, but also attracted new residents to the city, which in normal conditions implies the development of the economy. If the power in our cities will keep strong business executives with their clearly established system of nepotism and bribery, trolley buses and trams will continue to disappear from the streets.

By the way, while in Russia, trams and trolleybuses systematically disabling, worldwide booming launch of new and renewal of old electric systems. In Europe, only 2010 tram system opened in cities such as Bordeaux, Toulouse, Florence, Palermo, Bergen, Zaragoza and Edinburgh.

Tram in Zaragoza

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Tram in Edinburgh

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Maybe you argue that all this is a relatively small settlements, and in a major city to introduce a tram system in view of the modern streets of congestion will not work?

Well, then you have to give the example of China, where the tram system recently appeared in Shanghai and Guangzhou, with a population of 24 and 14 million respectively.

Tram in Shanghai

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In addition, the trams are now ply on Jerusalem, Dubai, the US Atlanta, Dallas, Salt Lake City, San Diego, and even the Colombian Medellin. Once again: it is only those systems that have arisen over the past 5 years.

Tram in Medellin

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Tram in San Diego

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By the way, I remind you why the tram and trolley - is the best public transport for the city.

In developed countries, the tram system massively closed in the period from 1955 to the beginning of the 1980s. In Russia, some routes were reduced and destroyed since the beginning of the 90s, but the real decline of the tram and trolley observed around since 2005. Our country lags behind the leading countries in the development of public transport for 40-50 years. If the mayor of your city consumes electric transport, then it is either incompetent fool or a pest.