Before the New Year, Ukrzaliznytsia launched the Bukovel Express on the Lviv-Yasinya-Lviv route, which serves a diesel train manufactured by the Kryukiv Carriage Building Plant.
This was the fourth route launched in 2021, which will be served by modern diesel trains purchased from a domestic manufacturer, said the chairman of the board of JSC “UZ” Alexander Kamyshin.
“Back in the fall, we planned to purchase and launch 4 diesel trains by the end of 2021. In November-December this year we managed to purchase and launch the third modern diesel train. Another was released on the route in May this year. These express trains started the renewal of the fleet of trains for regional transport, which was not carried out for many years. Today’s express will be convenient for those who travel from Lviv and Ivano-Frankivsk to the resorts of the Ukrainian Carpathians, “he said.
In particular, on the new train passengers can reach the station Tatariv (Bukovel) in less than 5 hours, and then by bus shuttle 20 minutes to the resort of Bukovel.
“In addition, the train will be convenient for trips to the most famous waterfall Probiy and Skel Dovbush, located in Yaremche, to the longest village in Ukraine – Mykulychyn, to the viaduct in Vorokhta, built in 1895, during the Austro-Hungarian Empire and Yasinya village in Zakarpattia region. , from where you can get to the picturesque peak of Mount Dragobrat – the highest ski resort in the Ukrainian Carpathians, “- said in UZ.
Bukovel Express departs from Lviv at 06:40 and arrives at Yasinya terminus at 12:25. The train stops at Ivano-Frankivsk, Yaremche, Mykulychyn, Tatariv, Vorokhta and others.
The express runs daily from December 25, 2021 to January 16, 2022, except January 4. Then the train will run on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.
The express is also convenient for passengers traveling from Kyiv and back by train № 91/92 Kyiv-Lviv-Kyiv. In the absence of seats on direct trains, they will be able to reach the Ukrainian Carpathians with only one convenient transfer.
On the route of the Bukovel Express, a modern diesel train DPKR-3-002 produced by the Kryukiv Car-Building Plant is used. The diesel train consists of 3 cars with 170 seats. The train, in particular, is adapted for the transportation of less mobile groups.
Public Service Obligation pilot project
UZ reports that the route is being launched as part of the Public Service Obligation (PSO) pilot project on passenger transportation – local authorities will compensate the carrier at least 3 million hryvnias a year for organizing passenger transportation in the region.
On December 25, 2021, a corresponding memorandum was signed with the Lviv Regional State Administration and the Lviv Regional Council.
“This is the 5th memorandum signed within the framework of the PSO pilot project. Earlier, similar agreements were signed with local authorities of Odessa, Kharkiv, Luhansk and Sumy regions. In general, the regions must reimburse Ukrzaliznytsia JSC for at least UAH 15 million per year of expenses for the organization of passenger transportation, ”the company said in a statement.
It is noted that consultants of Deutsche Bahn Engineering & Consulting are actively working on the implementation of PSO. German experts are working on the optimal PSO model for Ukraine and the mechanism for its implementation, in particular the routes on which a new model of organization of socially important passenger railway routes and sources of their funding will be introduced.
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