The Kyiv-Przemysl Intercity+ train that the Ukrainian Railways public joint stock company (Ukrzaliznytsia) launched on 23 December 2016 has transported almost 9,000 passengers, Ukraine’s State Border Service announced in a statement on 13 January.
The 579-seat train is operated once per day in one direction. During the period from 23 December to 13 January, when the State Border Service published its data, the train had already been operated for 22 days (21 days if the data for 13 January is excluded).
Accordingly, the average number of passengers crossing the border on a single train journey is 200 (209 passengers if 13 January is excluded). This means that the average occupancy rate is 35-36%.
The train’s occupancy rate on the Ukrainian domestic segment of the route (Kyiv-Lviv) is much higher because many passengers disembark in Lviv and do not continue the train’s journey to Poland or embark in Lviv to travel to Kyiv.