Daegu to adopt 64 additional low-floor buses in 2021 to expand the mobility right for those with limited mobility
Daegu Metropolitan City has strived to adopt low-floor buses to guarantee the mobility right and to expand social participation for people with limited mobility. As a result, it has topped the list of the six metropolitan cities by introducing 685 low-floor buses, as of the end of 2020. The city aims to bring in 64 additional buses in 2021, aiming for 48.9 percent adoption rate.
A low-floor bus is a bus that provides easier access for people with limited mobility, such as the disabled, the elderly, and pregnant women, who have difficulty using public transportation to board and exit the bus by having no steps between the ground and the floor of the bus. In addition, it allows access to people using wheelchairs via an extendable ramp.
Starting with two low-floor buses in 2004, Daegu has been replacing an average of 40 buses with low-floor buses every year. Since the launch of the seventh administration elected by popular vote, Daegu has adopted 72 low-floor buses in 2019 and only 13 in 2020 due to budget cuts resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic. However, this year, the city will be adopting 64 low-floor buses to increase the accessibility to public transportation for people with limited mobility.
As of the end of 2020, Daegu has the highest adoption rate (44.7 percent) among the six metropolitan cities excluding Seoul, and by the end of this year, this number will rise to 48.9%, meaning that it will exceed the target of 45 percent low-floor bus adoption rate for metropolitan cities by 2021. In addition, the 65 additional low-floor buses that will be introduced next year will help achieve the low-floor bus adoption rate of 53.2 percent the introduction rate of low-floor buses, which had been pledged by Mayor Kwon Young-jin in the 7th government administration elected by popular vote.
As of the end of 2020, there were 565 low-floor buses operating on 115 routes, and the additional buses introduced this year will allow low-floor buses to be operated on all intercity bus routes with the exception of a few with steep slopes or narrow roads, and therefore would prove difficult for such buses to pass.
Yun Jeong-hee, director of Daegu’s Transportation Bureau, remarked, “We will expand the introduction of low-floor buses to improve the mobility of people with limited mobility, so that there are no routes that people with limited mobility are unable to access.”