Visitors to the Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia, made more than two million trips on buses provided by the GAZ Group, according to a non-commercial organization.
GAZ Group created 709 GOLOZ buses and 30 LiAZ buses for guests and participants of the Olympic and Paralympic games. The buses, which were designed to meet reliability and safety standards for an international event, carried 42,000 passengers on daily trips in Sochi, according to the Olympic Transport Directorate.
More than 100 bus routes serves athletes, Olympic representatives, media members and fans using dedicated bus lanes.
"We chose the right type of rolling stock," said Vyacheslav Bauer, deputy director of the Passenger Transportation Department. "Both the 15- and 12-meter buses have been particularly useful and the high speed of landing in low-floor city buses enables no crowding of passengers at bus stops."
The new buses showed an extremely high maneuverability in the difficult terrain of the Sochi mountain cluster due to the rear steering pivoted axle and the effective work of Scania engines with high torque. The buses are equipped with smoke detectors, video surveillance, firefighting systems, and an onboard navigation terminal of communication with the traffic control station.
LiAZ city buses are equipped with the Speaking City systen that allows blind and partially sighted people to get information about the route and whether its doors are open for landing.
The buses are equipped with the GLONASS system that allows their location to be tracked in real time. Control over passenger transport movement was carried out in the Transport Logistics center of Sochi. The automatic control system monitored the workload of the Olympic routes and technical condition of the buses. On-board equipment installed on each bus allowed the dispatcher to control online the situation in the cabin and the operation of safety systems of the bus.
Buses serving the Olympic and Paralympic Games were placed in three specialized fleets in Sochi including the mountains, the coastal cluster, and the Olympic Park.