Kazakhstan’s government has announced it will start collecting data on rail transport, a move aimed at improving its public transport system.
According to Kazakhstan Railways, a new portal on its website will allow people to track, compare and understand how the country’s rail system works, as well as track progress towards the government’s goal of reducing air pollution and air quality.
“The portal is a useful tool for citizens who are not familiar with the rail system, to get an overview of the current state of rail transport in Kazakhstan,” said Azam Nader, the director of Kazakhstan Railroads.
“It is a big step towards better public transport and air pollution monitoring, and the portal is also the ideal tool for people who want to understand the issue.”
The government is not the only one to take a keen interest in Kazakhstan’s rail transportation, as it has also announced plans to introduce new rail services within the next few years.
Kazakhstan’s National Transport Administration (NTAA) has also been developing a railway transportation system in the past, and this portal will help people track how it is currently working.
In December last year, the NTAA launched a rail transportation system that includes trains, buses and a railway bridge that connects the capital Astana to the far-flung city of Kashgar.
In January this year, Kazakhstan’s parliament approved the introduction of a similar system that will be launched within the coming years.
According the NTIA, Kazakhstan is currently one of the most polluted countries in the world, with a maximum concentration of 2,000 micrograms of particulate matter per cubic metre of air.
In an effort to combat air pollution, the country has introduced more than 400 million cars and over 3 million trucks, but the country still has a long way to go before its targets are met.