Minister of Infrastructure Volodymyr Omelian wrote on Facebook, Censor.NET reports.
"Today we discussed the situation with the railway passenger transportation. We agreed to hold a meeting with social activists next week, during which we'll look over new routes for the winter season and the cooperation with the public will be formalized. And this means that, finally, Ukrzaliznytsia [Ukrainian Railways - ed.] will have a working mechanism to get feedback on things like schedule convenience and comfort in trains, and that taxpayers and Ukrzaliznytsia passengers will be able to have an effect on that!," Omelian wrote.
"This year we'll fully repair up to 100 passenger cars. Next year - 200! Modern ones, with vacuum bathrooms. It seems that there is a resolution regarding non-stop WiFi service in trains and the implementation of electronic tickets on regional trains. We'll start discussions next week. We will introduce changes to the standards, move away from "feather" pillows and dusty covers. We'll implement European-level service that will totally correspond to hygiene and comfort norms.
"We discussed the issue of bringing railway stations up to a unified standard. The issue of a unified corporate style is a vital one for Ukrzaliznytsia. Even these new 100 train cars could possibly be sustained within one "trend." We'll see how it goes... By December 2016, all tickets, station names, announcements and timetable information will be in only two languages - Ukrainian and English! At the same time, we're working on de-communization of station names," the official added.
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