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Cypriot commuters back onto buses May 21, 2007

Posted by grhomeboy in Transport Air Sea Land.

Cyprus unveiled a 275 million Cyprus pound ($639.5 million) project on Friday to improve on an almost non-existent public transport system by 2015 and boost its usage by islanders who love their cars, Reuters reports.

Only about 2 percent of Cypriots use public transport, confined to a fleet of mostly ageing buses which rarely run on time. Authorities hope the plan, which will see the introduction of new public transport vehicles and extensive improvements to the road transport network, will increase the number of users to 10 percent.

About 85 percent of Cypriots now use their own vehicles, 1 percent use their bicycles and 12 percent prefer to walk, according to Transport Ministry surveys. The plan envisages a reduction in vehicle emissions of up to 40 percent.

“This plan will result in benefits to the economy and to the environment,” Transport Minister Haris Thrassou said. The project is part financed by the European Union.

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