Digitalization of roads to start in Tashkent
Tashkent, Uzbekistan (UzDaily.com) -- A draft Presidential Resolution "On additional measures for the further development of transport infrastructure and the introduction of a digital traffic control system in Tashkent" has been published on the portal for discussing draft regulatory legal acts.
The first paragraph of the Resolution proposes to approve the proposal of the Tashkent Khokimiyat, the Ministry of Transport and the Ministry of Internal Affairs on the implementation of the project "Implementation of a digital traffic control system and ensuring road safety on the streets and intersections of the city of Tashkent."
- “The proposed draft Resolution “Introduction of a digital traffic control system and ensuring road safety on the streets and intersections of the city of Tashkent” is not being built from scratch. Since July last year, the first initial part with the conditional name “Corridor traffic on Navoi street” has been working quite successfully for us,” said Alexey Khen, deputy khokim of Tashkent for the introduction of information technologies, head of the Digital Development Department.
“This is the section from Chorsu Square to the intersection with Labzak Street, reconstructed last year, taking into account the proposals of urbanists. The cameras installed here read the number and type of passing cars. The data is transmitted to smart traffic lights that organize traffic phases in an optimal way. Cameras are installed at each of the eight intersections, and together with traffic lights, they are connected into one “intelligent” network. Of course, everything happens under the close attention of the operators of the project office, created jointly by the Ministry of Transport and the city khokimiyat, since it is still impossible to completely trust machine intelligence. The operator sees the phases of operation of each traffic light and complete statistics of passing cars, including by hours and by type of transport (cars, heavy, medium cars),” said Aleksey Fedorovich Khen.
The map of the Situation Center shows that 66,107 cars pass through one of the intersections of Navoi Street per day, a sharp increase in traffic occurs at 8 am, and a small peak at 2 pm.
The introduction of the Corridor Movement has already had a positive effect - if earlier the average speed in this section was 8-10 km/h, now it is about 30 km/h. This shows that the future belongs to "intelligent intersections" - this effect cannot be achieved by expanding roads and adding new lanes, sooner or later such a road will get stuck in traffic jams. Therefore, the main task is to scale the solution, first of all, to extend the “corridor” to the intersection with Abay Street and further, to Amir Temur and Shakhrisabzskaya. The draft resolution plans to scale up and equip intersections with cameras and traffic lights at the expense of PPP.
The relevance of the Resolution is obvious, something needs to be done with the flow of cars: in Tashkent in 2022, there were more than 700 thousand. On average, more than 165,000 vehicles enter and leave the territory of the city of Tashkent from outside of it per day, and more than 400,000 on intensive days. There is a big complex work of all services ahead, we will not solve the problem with beautiful pictures on the screen.
For example, the concept of parking violations does not appear at all in the current legislation. It is necessary to create comfortable public transport in every sense, moving freely while cars are stuck in traffic jams. Everyone knows the negative example of the "automobile capital" of Detroit, when excessive motorization led the city to collapse. We still have the opportunity to avoid such a scenario.