On 27 November 2014, Lviv's mayor Andriy Sadovy and Sevki Acuner, Country Director for Ukraine with the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), launched the information campaign for Lviv's new, modern tram system. The campaign uses, among others, posters, a short film and a Facebook page to describe the changes to the city's public transport system and appeals to people to make greater use of it.
The German Federal Environment Ministry (BMUB) has provided five million euros through the International Climate Initiative (IKI) to support the expansion of Lviv's tram system. EBRD has also made a low interest loan of six million euros available. The system is part of the modern transport infrastructure in the city and has improved its public transport system.
The extension of the number 4 tram line is the centrepiece of the improvements. In future, it will link the residential district of Sykhiv, which has over 150,000 inhabitants, with the centre of Lviv. The new tram line is designed to be faster than other modes of transport and is intended to reduce car traffic, which in turn could lower greenhouse gas emissions and also decrease the risk of traffic congestion.
The project can serve as a model for other local authorities in Ukraine, illustrating what a modern public transport system can look like and what benefits it can offer.