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Theatre of Opera and Ballet, LvivMay 30, 2008

Theatre of Opera and Ballet, Lviv
May 30, 2008

The Ukrainian transportation network is generally slow, unreliable, and not well maintained.  For example, the country has over 14,000 miles of railway tracks, but no high speed lines.  Many of the trams in operation in various cities date to the Soviet era, and modern, low floor equipment has only been procured for the first time in recent years.

Lviv has a tramway system that currently has 9 lines operating on approximately 75 miles of tracks. No new track has been constructed since 1988, but trams have been used in Lviv since the first horse drawn tram in the city was started in 1880, and they have been fully electrified since 1908. The rolling stock is a mix of Tatra KT4 trams and T4 trams. Lviv’s tram is one of few in the former Soviet Union to have been built with grooved rail, due to the fact that when the rails were laid, Lviv was part of Galicia in Austria-Hungary. In addition to the trams, Lviv also has a fleet of about 100 trolleybuses.