The first three Tatra K-T4D trams that were previously in operation in Berlin (Germany) arrived in Lviv on July 23, the CFTS portal reports, citing the Lviv city council. Three more trams were expected to arrive on July 24.
The trams from Germany are currently located in the customs transit zone at a depot. They are now waiting for replacement of bogies and certification, after which they will be able to begin operating on routes, said Andrii Bilyi, the deputy director of the Department of Housing and Infrastructure at the Lviv city council.
"We received the first three trams from Germany today and we expect three more tomorrow. The next trams will arrive in batches of eight every month, with all the 30 arriving by October. The German trams are currently on the territory of a tram depot in the so-called organizational and customs zone. We will replace their bogies after they undergo customs clearance. It is also necessary to obtain certification in accordance with Ukrainian legislation. The trams will be able to start operating on the city’s routes only after completion of all these procedures," Bilyi said.
As the CFTS previously reported, the 30 used trams from the German capital will cost a total of EUR 800,000.
In addition to purchasing trolleybuses, Lviv is also in the process of upgrading its bus fleet. The city will receive the first new MAZ buses in September. In total, it plans to purchase 150 modern, large-sized buses from the Minsk automobile plant and the Lviv-based Electron plant.