Ticket prices for domestic passenger trains are expected to rise by 21%. Ihor Breus, the head of the main passenger management at the State Railway Administration (Ukrzaliznytsia), announced this at a press conference, the CFTS correspondent reports.
Prices are expected to be raised in three stages this year: by 6% on 1 March, by 7% on 1 April, and by 7.5% on 1 May, adjusted for inflation.
The increase of ticket prices is expected to affect all categories of trains, except for the first-class carriages of Intercity+ trains. Ticket prices for second-class carriages of Intercity+ trains are expected to be raised by 5.2% on 1 March.
The final decision on the issue of price increases for train tickets has not yet been made. According Breus, the tariff council of the Ministry of Infrastructure is currently considering this issue.
As reported, Ukrainian railways reduced passenger transportation by 8.9% to more than 440 million in 2014, compared with 2013. Losses from provision of this type of service (on all routes) exceeded UAH 7.9 billion.