Three more tramcars of the Tram 2000 model have arrived in Vinnytsia from Switzerland under the "Zurich Trams" project.
Vinnytsia Mayor Serhii Morhunov announced this in a statement, the CFTS portal reports, citing the Vinnytsia City Council.
According to Morhunov, transport workers have begun adapting these tramcars to Ukrainian requirements.
Vinnytsia has now received 11 of these tramcars in the second phase of the "Zurich Trams" project. In total, Vinnytsia will receive 35 tramcars from the Swiss Confederation under the project.
"Compared to the Mirage and Karpfen models that are familiar to Vinnytsia residents, these tramcars offer conditions that are more comfortable for transporting passengers, and they also differ in certain technical characteristics," Morhunov said.
According to the Vinnytsia City Council’s Department of Transport and Urban Mobility, several technical and legal procedures must be performed before the tramcars can begin operating on the city’s routes. In addition, they must be adapted to the requirements of Ukrainian legislation.
"Employees of the Vinnytsia Transport Company are taking measures to adapt these tramcars to the requirements of Ukrainian legislation. Before beginning operation on tram routes, the tramcars must undergo certification in accordance with the requirements of Ukrainian legislation, register with the electric transport inspectorate, and undergo technical maintenance. We are doing everything to ensure that these trams can begin transporting passengers on our city’s routes in the summer," said Andrii Sorokin, director of the Department of Transport and Urban Mobility.
Vinnytsia and Switzerland began cooperating on the "Zurich trams" project in 2006. Vinnytsia received 116 tramcars during the first phase of the project. It should receive 35 Tram 2000 tramcars in the second phase.
They signed the memorandum on the second phase of the project in December 2020. The SECO (the Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs) made a non-refundable contribution of CHF 3,200,000 to the implementation of the project.