The Association Agreement of the European Union with Ukraine entered into force on January 1, 2016. After two years, it is clear that the process of change is slowly taking place. The agreement provided for the implementation of European legislation and standards in the transport industry. As a result of the decentralization process, the budgets at the disposal of local government authorities in cities and districts increased by over 40%. Ukrainian regions gained the opportunity to engage additional financing for their own development programs. The construction of stations, transfer centers, modern infrastructure, renovation of rolling stock and repair of potholed roads are primarily in the interest of local communities who want to catch up with Western Europe and improve the comfort of their everyday lives. This is difficult considering the real wages in Ukraine, where the basic salary of a minister is the equivalent of PLN 1,600.
A big country means a big market
Ukraine is a country with enormous development potential with 45 million inhabitants, which will certainly become a good, absorbent market for all ITS industry products, especially considering that it is currently underinvested. One of the important questions for Ukraine is – where to get the money for this? For us, the key issue is that when these funds are available, DYSTEN will be a recognizable and reliable partner on the entire Ukrainian market. That is why we systematically take part in the Ukrainian City Trans fair in Kiev. From the beginning, we have been patiently explaining to our partners where the latest ITS solutions are heading, which will prove effective in the long term and guarantee the best return on investment.
The Ministry of Infrastructure of Ukraine is trying to develop eco-friendly solutions, focused on cheap and pro-ecological, environmentally friendly public transport – for them this means more electric vehicles and related public transport infrastructure and creating appropriate conditions for the use of this type of transport in the country.
According to the Ministry of Infrastructure of Ukraine, work is ongoing in 40 cities and includes the modernization of 2,646 trams, 3,736 trolleybuses, 1,927 km of new traction and tram rails; 4,412 km of tram lines (405 routes). Annually, over 2 billion passengers use urban electric transport services (trolleybuses, trams). The next planned steps include the development of infrastructure and passenger information systems.