Ukraine plans to purchase 227 buses, 153 trolleybuses, 56 trams, and 35 subway cars for eight cities and upgrade the Kyiv funicular in 2019 under a public transport project to be financed by the European Investment Bank (EIB), the CFTS portal reports, citing information from the Ukrainian Ministry of Infrastructure.

"Together with the Ministry of Finance and local governments (11 cities), the Ministry of Infrastructure is implementing an EIB project, the main goals of which are implementation of subprojects for development of environmentally friendly and socially significant transport infrastructure in Ukrainian cities. They include measures to upgrade the fleet of buses, trolleybuses, trams, and subway cars; construction and reconstruction of tram and trolleybus lines and the Kyiv funicular; replacement of traction substations; introduction of modern fare collection systems and information systems with loan funds from the EIB and the EBRD," the Ministry of Infrastructure stated on its website.

According to the ministry, 167 trolleybuses were purchased under this project in 2018, including 47 by Odesa, 40 by Kremenchuk, 23 by Dnipro, 10 by Rivne, and 8 by Kryvyi Rih.

According to the ministry, Odesa has upgraded its fleet of trolleybuses by 28%, Kremenchug has upgraded its fleet by 70%, Dnipro has upgraded its fleet by 17%, and Rivne and Kryvyi Rih have upgraded their fleets by 10% as a result of these purchases.

There are plans to purchase 61 trolleybuses for Kharkiv, 22 for Sumy, 40 for Chernihiv, and 30 for Lutsk in 2019. In addition, 100, 112, and 15 trolleybuses will be purchased for Lviv, Kyiv, and Ternopil, respectively. Ten trams will also be purchased for Lviv. Twenty-nine trams will be purchased for Odesa and 17 for Kyiv under the EIB project. The Kharkiv subway is expected to receive 35 new subway cars.

As the CFTS portal reported earlier, the Bogdan Motors corporation has completed the implementation of a contract for supply of 40 trolleybuses to Kremenchuk.