Rise in train tickets prices in 2021
According to the Minister of Infrastructure Vladyslav Kriklii on the air of the TV channel 1 + 1, in 2021, train tickets will rise in price by 22% by gradually increasing their cost by 2%. It will start already in March.
«Indexation was planned for 2020 [it hasn't been done since 2018.—Ed. ]. But there were different coronavirus restrictions. In particular, passenger traffic was stopped for more than three months, so there was no point. It is planned that starting from March, they will be indexed by 2% every month.»
Minister of Infrastructure of Ukraine
Kryklii also added that if you buy tickets in advance, you can save up to 40% on them.
Safety in Ukrzaliznytsia trains
Ukrzaliznytsia is working to improve the level of safety when transporting passengers on suburban railways. According to the head of the company Volodymyr Zhmak, it is about the installation of surveillance cameras and a "red button" to call law enforcement officers. He told about this on the air of the TV channel Ukraine 24, the press service of Ukrzaliznytsia reports.
"If we are talking about electric trains, now we are already modernizing them, and that includes the surveillance cameras that allow the train-driver to monitor the situation in the electric train cars. My goal is to bring passengers back to our trains, take them away from passenger vehicles and bring them back to trains that will be comfortable," he explained.
It should be noted that previously, only long-distance passenger trains were equipped with video surveillance cameras.
A rapid "red button" will be installed in the train-driver's cabs. With its help the driver will be able, in appropriate situations, to call law enforcement officers to the next station along the route.
«Укрзализныця» будет ездить на территории рядом с Крымом
По словам Жмака, «Укрзализныця» работает над восстановлением железнодорожного сообщения с территориями, которые граничат с оккупированным Россией полуостровом Крым. Об этом он рассказал в эфире телеканала «Украина 24».
«Мы работаем над тем, чтобы восстановить сообщение с территориями, которые прилегают к Крыму. К сожалению, в сам Крым мы заехать не можем», — заявил Жмак, добавив, что с гуманитарной и экономической точки зрения для компании невыгодно прекращение пассажирского сообщения с неподконтрольными Украине территориями и Россией, поскольку компания потеряла транзитные грузы и пассажирское сообщение, что сказывается на ее экономических показателях.
Ukrzaliznytsia will operate on the territory near the Crimea
According to Zhmak, Ukrzaliznytsia is working to restore rail links with the territories that border the Russian-occupied Crimea peninsula. He told about this on the air of the TV channel Ukraine 24.
"We are working to restore links with the territories adjacent to Crimea. Unfortunately, we cannot enter Crimea itself," Zhmak said, adding that from a humanitarian and economic point of view, it is unprofitable for the company to terminate passenger traffic with territories uncontrolled by Ukraine and Russia, since the company has lost transit cargo and passenger traffic, and that affects its economic performance.
Luggage control at Ukrzaliznytsia
On the air of the TV channel Ukraine 24, Zhmak also said that Ukrzaliznytsia would strengthen control over the luggage allowance observance by passengers.
"Luggage allowances are regulated. Now we will pay more attention to ensuring that these norms are met. Because the transportation of unpaid luggage also causes us losses," he said, adding that the conductor should control the transportation of luggage, and the passenger car attendant should monitor compliance with the norms.
Ukrzaliznytsia high-speed trains
The day before, it also became known that Ukrzaliznytsia has a project for organizing railway communication at a speed of up to 350 km/h from Kyiv to the largest regional cities of Ukraine, in particular to Lviv, Kharkiv, and Odessa.
According to Zhmak, the project is being discussed and the search for investors is underway because implementation requires investment. You can read more about the project here.