Sochi’s new transport network keeping the Games running

Sochi’s upgraded transport infrastructure is helping to keep the 2014 Olympic Winter Games running, while also providing a lasting legacy for the Russian resort.

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The modernisation of Sochi’s transportation system ahead of the Games included constructing more than 360km of roads, 321km of railroad tracks and 22 tunnels.

According to Vitaly Dyrdasov, Sochi 2014’s director of transport, Sochi’s new network of buses and trains has already carried more than one million passengers during the first week of the Games and will continue to benefit the local area long after the Olympic flame has been extinguished.

“After the Olympic Games, the city of Sochi will have a fleet and transportation infrastructure that covers over five hectares and over 205 buses,” he explains.

During the Games, a transportation management system has also been put in place – including a Transportation Logistic Centre and more than 1,500 cameras – to ensure everything runs smoothly. According to Dyrdasov, this system will also provide a significant legacy for the local area.

“The legacy of our transportation department in the city of Sochi involves innovative approaches to traffic management,” he says. “In preparing for the Games, the city analysed the best world practices to put together a logistical management system, the Transportation Logistic Centre, that sufficiently improves the efficiency of our complex, reduces the need for vehicles and heightens the quality of our public transport services. In so doing, it enabled us to optimise traffic management during the Games and the number of vehicles used.

“The 1,500 traffic management cameras will remain as Sochi's legacy and the entire traffic management system will remain in place. It is a part of the logistical centre project. This legacy will include innovative traffic management technologies, and that is important.”

Sochi 2014 President Dmitry Chernyshenko has also underlined how important the legacy of Sochi’s transport network will be.

“Transport in the city of Sochi has undergone decades worth of modernisation in the space of two to three years,” he says. “It will have a hugely positive impact on the lives of Sochi citizens for generations to come. I believe it is already one of our most important legacy goals.”