River bus - for advantage or as a hobby?
the Northern capital of St. Petersburg was replenished with one more route of water movement - the Nevsky. Our city was widely stretched on banks of the river of Neva. Extent it within the city makes 32 km. For navigation of a considerable component also depth and width of water space are. Depth of the river is from 8 - 10 meters to 24 - 25 meters (the greatest at Arsenalnaya Embankment). River width, beginning from the mouth and to the bottleneck varies from 1000 - 1250 meters to 210 - 300 meters. So, dealt with a water smooth surface. On the river all parameters are suitable for travel therefore the management of the city decided that it is rational to use this waterway as the additional road for delivery of inhabitants and city visitors from the remote corners to the center. As made city government, having begun to develop a water transport since 2008. Lines of a share taxi were tested. In summer months when the number of cars increases and the city chokes in traffic jams, movement on water can promote fast delivery to the destination. River « crafts work at the line; Arrow “ - these are small boats with a capacity from 12 to 35 people, by the way the Russian production. Speed of their movement on water from 50 to 65 km/h. Technical equipment “ water » tram; - navigator of the « system; Glonas “. Saving means - vests of orange color and liferafts. In places of a stop and change of passengers easy moorings, under a canopy and with small benches were equipped. There are information boards, even cabins of dry closets were noticed ashore. Fare on such type of transport of rather small from 54 to 60 - 90 rubles for a trip. If to compare the prices on walking and trips which offer tour agencies from 300 to 600 rubles then inhabitants and guests, of course, will prefer a trip on small “ water » tram; because prices 10 times less. Meteoconditions, of course, can introduce amendments for a vessel exit to a route - it either fog on the river or a big wave that does not give the grounds to consider this type of transport as the guaranteed way of movement. Lines of the movement of vessels are carried out in the following &ndash directions; “ Seaside “ “ Central “ “ Suburban “ “ Nevsky “ and “ Kronshtadskaya “. Introduction « is supposed; Resort “ lines from Lenin Square through Dvortsovaya Embankment to Zelenogorsk. Who knows the city, can present according to names of lines that the movement of vessels is carried out on the river through areas with quite dense automobile transport stream. Therefore “ river » trams; use at the population not only as an available type of movement from suburban areas to the center, but also as an inexpensive walking type of transport. I used the services “ Nevsky “ the line which began to ply since May 29, 2011. “ Water » tram; begins the movement from Lenin Square (The Finnish station) and to Rybatsky Avenue the house 55 where the river Slav flows into Neva. Short expectation of the vessel on the mooring and here I already in « salon; Arrows “. At an entrance at the left on a rack life jackets. Convenient seats, in number of 12 pieces, big windows through which architectural beauty of our city are very well visible. Stops appear. Obilechivaniye happens in salon as on the mooring there are no cash desks yet. Of course, it would be desirable increases in quantity “ river buses “ as people complain that it is necessary to wait long on the mooring. And then, how to distinguish in this passenger traffic of people who use a route for a business trip for work, on affairs or guests and tourists. movement Time on “ Nevsky “ lines were made by about 35 minutes. Beautiful views from the window compensated inconvenience in the form of rolling of the vessel. And where still it is possible to see close beautiful bridges of St. Petersburg, for example, the Finnish railway bridge. Openwork designs of this bridge can be seen only from water, floating under it as the movement on this bridge is forbidden, except trains. The picture of coast changes. From high beautiful structures to moorings with pipes and cranes. And already end of a way. The small mooring on Rybatsky Avenue the house 55. We thank the captain for the given pleasure and a fast trip. Whether there will be an increase in number of the plying vessels? Whether we pay back this type of transport? Does it have a future? Or it will remain exotic of river travel from the suburb to the downtown? It will show the future.