Together with the European Investment Bank (EIB) and active local authorities, the Ministry of Infrastructure continues to prepare the second phase of the Ukraine Urban Public Transport II project, which involves the renewal of public transport fleet in various Ukrainian cities. 18 cities participating in the project have been identified in advance, such as: Severodonetsk, Vinnytsia, Uzhhorod, Cherkasy, Kremenchuk, Bila Tserkva, Melitopol, Kamyanske, Khmelnytsky, Ternopil, Kryvyy Rih, Dnipro, Lutsk, Zaporizhia, Lviv, Poltava, Odesa and Chernivtsi. This was announced by the Minister of Infrastructure Vladyslav Kryklii.
"Thanks to our first joint project with the EIB Ukraine Public Transport I in different cities across the country, trolleybus, tram and bus fleets are now being renewed, obsolete public transport is being replaced by new - more convenient, ecological and modern. We, in turn, initiated the continuation of this important project for our cities. And I am grateful that the European side has supported us in this. 18 cities have already been pre-determined to take part in the second phase of the Ukraine Urban Public Transport II project. Their final list will be formed after the ratification of the relevant financing agreement between Ukraine and the EIB," said the Minister.
He noted that this time the project "Urban Public Transport II" will include only subprojects for the development of environmentally friendly public transport: the purchase of trams, trolleybuses, subway rolling stock and electric buses. "The transition to environmentally friendly transport is very important for the Ministry of Infrastructure. This is provided for by the current National Transport Strategy of Ukraine until 2030 and the Strategy for the development of the automotive industry, on which we are now actively working. The use of electric public transport will not only significantly reduce emissions in cities, but also bring us as close as possible to European standards," the Minister explained.
According to Vladyslav Kryklii, a financial agreement with the EIB on the implementation of the project Ukraine Urban Public Transport II in the amount of EUR 200 million is planned to be signed at the end of this year, in December.
The estimated total cost of the project is over EUR 400 million, the sum planned for purchasing of more than 280 units of trolleybuses, 65 electric buses with and without charging stations, 24 trams and about 10 tram cars. The project also envisages construction and modernization of tram and trolleybus lines, overhaul of tram cars and other works.
The European Investment Bank has been a partner of Ukraine in financing public transport infrastructure since 2007. The EIB-funded Urban Public Transport of Ukraine technical assistance project contributes to the successful implementation by the Ministry of Infrastructure and the participating cities of urban public transport renovation projects.
The project also affects road safety in rural areas, unloading transport routes and stimulating the transition from private to public transport. In addition, it is gradually bringing Ukraine closer to the relevant technical standards that meet current EU standards.