The Western Ukrainian city of Lviv will celebrate a big step forward in the modernisation of its public transport with the completion of a fast tram line and the inauguration of a state-of-the-art e-ticket system.
The new line – supported with a €6 million loan by the EBRD and a parallel investment grant of €5 million from the German Ministry for the Environment – will link the main residential area of Sykhiv with a population of almost 150,000 with the city centre of Lviv. It will improve the reliability and efficiency of ecologically-friendly, electric public transport and promote its use, thus significantly reducing the level of emissions from cars. Additional grant funding was provided by the EU.
At the same time the municipal transport operator Lvivavtodor will introduce a state-of-the-art e-ticket system with the procurement, installation and management of the necessary hardware, software and e-cards. The new automated fare collection system (AFC) will be supported by the EBRD with a €10 million loan.
It will help Lvivavtodor to improve its operational and financial performance as well as to provide a modern fare collection system based on best international practice. The introduction of one of the first AFC systems in Ukraine will also benefit the municipal budget.
The project is supported by the Ukraine Stabilisation and Sustainable Growth Multi-Donor Account, established at the EBRD in November 2014, to support the country’s efforts to reform its economy, improve its business climate and return to a path of sustainable growth. Contributors to the fund are Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the Netherlands, Poland, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Kingdomand the United States.