15 new trolleybuses have arrived in Mariupol. This is the third batch of 72 units acquired as part of a joint project of Mariupol City Council and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development. The work of the new transport was inspected by Mayor Vadym Boichenko.
The Mayor added that the city will develop a transport development model until 2030. Specialists will develop an algorithm for replacing transport in the future and adjusting routes depending on passenger traffic.
The third batch of trolleybuses will replace 9 obsolete YUMZ brands. Six transport units will strengthen routes 5, 12 and 13. This will reduce the interval on routes 12 and 13 during peak hours to 6 minutes. In addition, the production of transport will increase from 44 units to 50 on weekdays. The transport is equipped with an air conditioning system, passenger flow sensors, video surveillance cameras, GPS and Wi-fi systems. Electricity consumption in new trolleybuses is 35% less.
According to the delivery schedule, the fourth and fifth lots of new trolleybuses will arrive in Mariupol by the end of 2020.
According to the director of the Department of Transport and Communications Vasyl Klat, 113 buses, trolleybuses and trams were purchased in 2016-2018 for about UAH 240 million. Since 2019, 64 buses have started arriving in the city as part of a project with the International Finance Corporation. In 2020, trolleybuses purchased in cooperation with the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development are running in the streets of Mariupol.
In addition to the renovation of transport, there are plans to reconstruct Mariupol Tram and Trolley-bus depot. The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development will also provide financial assistance. The preliminary amount of financing is over UAH 170 million. The process of determining the tender winner is already at the final stage. It is planned to start repair work in October this year.