TRANSPORT

In January to October of 2005 the commercial transportation made up 115.1 million tons, or 8.5% up as compared to 2004.

In this period the railway transportation grew 24.6%, by automobile transport 6.6%, pipelines 2.1%.

56.3% of the total turnover fell on private (rose 5.2%) and made up 64.9 million tons. The share of public sectors was 43.7% of the entire amount of cargo deliveries and grew 13.2% as compared to last year.

In January to November cargo turnover of the transport sector grew 13.1% as compared to 2004 and made up 23.6 billion ton/km. The railway transportation played considerable role in entire transportation. Special weight of railway transport in cargo transportation comprised 36.4% of the total with a rise of 25.4%, shipping rose 10.5% and automobile 8.2%.

The aggregate amount of passenger transportation grew 4.8% and made 911.8 million men. In this period 84.7% of passengers used automobile transport, 14.6% used metro.

The passenger transportation in this period comprised 13.4 billion passenger per km, or 6.6% more as compared to 2004.

In this period the cargo transportation and cargo turnover by automobiles with consideration of physical entities reached 62.2 million tons and 6.5 billion ton/km, rising by 6.6% and 8.2% respectively. The passenger transportation by automobile grew 4.5% and was equal to 771.9m people.

2 billion AZM assigned from the state budget of Azerbaijan for developing new bridges construction projects within the solution of problems in Baku city caused by traffic jams which arise in some streets and avenues.

The Cabinet of Ministers is currently developing the action plan on traffic jams removal. The document will be submitted to the countrys president executive office shortly.

Construction of roads, allotment of parking places for buses and taxis, construction of bridges are envisioned in the document, which has been elaborated at the instructions of the president.

In January to November the railway transportation grew 24.6% to 23.5 million tons. Oil and oil products transported via the main oil pipelines comprised 73.7% of the total, while the construction materials 19.5%. The cargo turnover rose 25.4% to 8.6 billion tons/km.

The Azerbaijan State Railway Department delivered 16.9 million tons of different type of cargo, which is 31.7% up the forecast. 12.4 million tons of them falls oil and oil products. Plan on tariff goods turnover was fulfilled by 131.7%. The direct cost was cut 64.4 manats as compared to the target.

The cargo shipping comprised 12.4 million tons with a drop of 1%. It was linked with a bar laid on passage of five Azerbaijani vessels in the Russian internal waters. 72.3% of cargo deliveries fell on oil and oil products, while 27.7% - dry cargo. The cargo turnover grew 10.5%, comprising 6.8 billion ton/km. Passenger transportation dropped by 8.7%. the Azerbaijan Sea Supping Company is currently is talks with the Russian government to g et permission for the passage of the vessels via the internal waters of Russia Volga-Don channel in 2006.

In this period oil transportation via oil pipelines rose 0.6% as compared to 2004 and comprised 10.7 million tons. Meanwhile, gas transportation via main oil pipelines made up 8.6 billion cu m of natural gas, or 4.8% up as compared to 2004. 48.2% of the transported gas was imported from Russia. The cargo turnover of the main oil pipelines fell 4.6% and gas pipelines 12.4% as compared to last year.

Passengers transportation via airways grew 10.7% and 1.1 million people, including 6.1% implemented by private sector.

Metro remains to be the popular and profitable. The passenger transportation by this transportation grew 7.5% as compared to 2004 and comprised 119.9 million people. However, the transportation via trolley busses reduced 54% and was equal to 525,700 people.

In January to November 2005 a total of 133.2 million passengers traveled by metro, which is 7.6% up as compared to 2004, the Baku Metro Production Association told Trend.

At present Baku Metro is comprised of 2 lines, 20 stations with 32 halls. 42 escalators with the general length of 4300 meters operate in the metro.

The total length of tunnels is 80.96km. Every day over 520,000 passengers travel by metro and their number grow 5% every year.

The opposite situation was observed in the passenger transportation by trolleybuses. Use of this transport conveyance decreased 53.6% and made up 567,000 people.

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