Prague to donate 22 decommissioned trams and buses to help Ukraine
Trams will be used in public transport in Kharkiv, and buses in the western Ukrainian city of Khmelnytskyi.
With the help of the non-profit organization People in Need, the Prague Public Transit Company (DPP) is donating 20 trams and two buses to Ukraine. The trams will be used in public transport in Kharkiv, and the buses in the western Ukrainian city of Khmelnytskyi. The first trams are to be delivered to Ukraine in the next few days or weeks, DPP announced today.
The carrier will donate five T3SUCS trams, 15 T6A5 trams, a Karosa B951, and an Irisbus Citelis 18M articulated bus to its Ukrainian counterparts. The request for support was sent to Prague City Hall by Kharkiv Mayor Ihor Terekhov. In addition to donating the vehicles, DPP will also cover the loading charges. The Kharkiv municipal transport company will take care of the transport and all customs formalities.
In March, Russians damaged the Saltivka tram depot in Kharkiv, the largest of its kind in Ukraine. Tram operation in Kharkiv is largely based on Czech trams, in particular various T3 and T6A5 versions. These were purchased from DPP by the Kharkiv transport company, and after the attack in March, the Prague carrier announced that it would hand over the trams free of charge as soon as the security situation allowed.
Edited and translated by Lucie Trávníčková.