Ukrainian Railways Report Losses in Suburban Transportation

During February 2021, the regional branch “South-West Railway” of JSC “Ukrzaliznytsia” carried 409.3 thousand passengers of privileged categories in suburban traffic. The amount of services provided is UAH 6.76 million, UAH 538 thousand of which were compensated from local governments. This is only 8% of the required amount, informs Railway Supply  magazine with reference to the press center of the South-Western Railway.

Ukrainian Railways Report
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The vicious debtors once again remain Kiev, where the percentage of compensation is 0% and the Kiev region – 13.5%. The amount of debt, for example, in the city of Fastov, is more than UAH 4 million. Last year, more than 300 thousand passengers of privileged categories were transported in this city in the amount of UAH 5 million and  only UAH 1 million was compensated. Over the past five years, the debt has amounted to almost UAH 42 million. “Thus, local authorities deprive city residents of the opportunity to fully use such a comfortable and safe mode of transport as commuter trains,” the information says.

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The best situation is in the Zhytomyr region, where almost 20% of the funds for the privileged transportation were compensated, and in Chernihiv – 13.5%.

In the first two months of 2021, the regional branch concluded 44 agreements with local authorities on reimbursement of expenses for the transportation of privileged categories of citizens.

The regional branch “Southern Railway” of JSC “Ukrzaliznytsia” also reports on losses from suburban transportation. In January-February 631.3 thousand passengers of privileged categories were transported in the amount of UAH 9.9 million. Local executive authorities reimbursed the carrier only 6% of this amount, the press center of the Southern Railway reports.

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