Prague donated 10 used Tatra T-3 trams to Mariupol in 2017, the Mariupol city council has informed the CFTS portal.
The agreement on transfer of the first two trams was reached in 2016. The authorities in the Ukrainian city and the Czech capital reached agreement on delivery of the other eight trams in 2017.
"The city of Prague decided to donate eight trams to the city of Mariupol in 2017. This was made possible by cooperation and the establishment of stable relations between the mayors of the cities of Mariupol and Prague. The donated trams arrived in Mariupol in December 2017," the press service of the Mariupol city council said.
The press service also said that the Mariupol authorities only had to spend money on transportation and payment of taxes and fees, which totaled UAH 2.4 million.
Mariupol also purchases second-hand trams from Europe (mainly from the Czech Republic and Slovakia). As the CFTS previously reported, the Mariupol Tram and Trolleybus Management recently invited tenders for supply of 20 used trams from the European Union. The trams will cost UAH 34 million.
According to experts, such trams can operate in the city for at least 15 years.
Vinnytsia also receives used trams from Europe. The city’s narrow tracks are suitable for decommissioned trams from Zurich (Switzerland). Vinnytsia hopes to receive the next batch of trams from Switzerland after 2021.