Almaty Light Rail

The Almaty Light Rail is a light rail line planned to serve Kazakhstan's largest city Almaty.

Almaty Light Rail
Area servedAlmaty, Kazakhstan
Transit typeLight rail
Number of lines1
Number of stations37
Operation will start2022
Number of vehicles12
System length22.7 km (14.1 mi)
Track gauge1,435 mm (4 ft 8+12 in) standard gauge


Trams in Almaty served the city between 1937 and 2015. It was one of the four tramways of Kazakhstan which continuously operated from their opening dates. The network went into decline starting in the late 20th century, with most of its former routes closed by 2010. Operation of the remaining tram network was halted and indefinitely suspended on 31 October 2015.[1][2]


Plans for a light rail network to complement or replace the tram lines have been under discussion by the municipality since 2009.[3]

In December 2018, Almaty municipality received nine bids for the 26-year public private partnership contract to design, build and operate a standard gauge, low-floor light rail line of 22.7 km (14.1 mi) with 37 stops. [4]


The 22.7 km (14.1 mi) line will contain 36 stations and a depot in the Alatau district. The line will link Almaty’s principal avenues, passing through Momyshuly and Töle Bi Street, Panfilov street to Astana Square, and down Makatayev and Zhetysuskaya streets.[5]

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  1. ^ "Almaty tram depot suspends its work". Kazakhstanskaya Pravda. 30 October 2015. Retrieved 2016-04-16.
  2. ^ "Almaty Opts Out Of Using Trams". 12 February 2016. Archived from the original on 13 September 2017. Retrieved 2016-04-16.
  3. ^ "TRAMS/LRT - PUBLIC TRANSPORT OF ALMATY CITY". Retrieved 18 May 2019.
  4. ^ "Nine bids for Almaty light rail project". Metro Report. 3 December 2018. Archived from the original on 18 May 2019. Retrieved 18 May 2019.
  5. ^ "Four shortlisted bidders for Almaty LRT project". Railway Pro. 12 June 2019. Retrieved 15 June 2019.