Yerevan, January 22, ARMINFO. The last tram was put out of operation in Yerevan.
Head of the Transport Department of Yerevan Municipality Areg Barseghyan told ARMINFO that the tram's exploitation cost the Municipality 2.4 time more than the proceeds from it. He said that the transportation by the tram totaled 1%, playing no essential role in Yerevan. The tram's putting out of operation did not lead to crowds in its route Zeitun-Charbakh, other types of transport operate in this direction.
Barseghyan said that the tram transportation was stopped in conformity with resolutions of seismologists who say that trams overload the Kiev bridge. Besides, the Municipality recommended the Transport Department to fully repair the route of the tram No5 and all the trams of this route, but the department has no necessary funds. Head of the Transport Department said that the given electric transport has no electricity debts.
Another type of electric transport is trolleybus that operates with loss as well. Barseghyan said that the competitiveness of this type of transport with any other one is too low, but the issue of trolleybuses' putting out of exploitation has not been considered yet.
As you walk around in Yerevan or any other cities, you can see mini-buses in different colors packed with people..
They are called "Marshotni" in Armenia and they are all numbered.. The number appears from the side window and each number has a specific route and destination..
Riding the marshotnis is a lot cheaper than taking taxis especially around town.. They charge 100 drams (US 0.20) for the route within the city..
If you're traveling on a budget and spending US $2-3 can hurt the budget, you may take advantage of the marshotnis.. The only problem is knowing which number has what destination.. I didn't get the chance to ride in one but if you ask around, I'm sure you'll come across people who know..
In Armenia, you may take a Taxi to go literally ANYWHERE.. We were fortunate to come across a taxi service, via referral from a friend who had used them before which we liked the services very much..
The service is Called Comfort Taxi Services and they're based in Yerevan. The name of our taxi driver was Hovik, a very nice man who drove us around Armenia for 3 weeks. We drove anywhere from Anipemza to the western border, Nagorno Karabakh which is all the way to the east.. We went as high up north as Noyemberian and as south as Khor Virap.. The taxi service charges 100 drams (US $0.20) per kilometer and 1200 drams (US $2.40) per hour of wait time. Although Hovik or any of the members of the taxi services do not speak English, most speak Armenian and Russian. When in Yerevan, ask for Hovik and if you want, you may give my name (Rafi) as a reference.. He will provide you with the best service.
There are other Taxi Services which charge less; as low as 70 drams per kilometers..
Doka Taxi Services charges 150 drams (US $0.30) per kilometer and you will be taken around in a Mercedes Benz.. Their phone number is 555-555. You can give them a try if you wish.
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