Ukraine's rail network, Ukrzaliznytsia (UZ), has persevered through two years of conflict, sustaining ground invasions and missile attacks.
With air travel disrupted, trains have become the primary mode of long-distance travel in Ukraine. Passenger numbers have rebounded to pre-invasion levels, reaching 24.9 million in 2023, and UZ expects an increase to 27.5 million in the current year.
UZ is transforming its stations into more attractive public spaces. "Iron Land," a UNICEF-supported initiative, provides a friendly environment for families on the move,
UZ employees face challenging conditions, long hours, and constant threats. The railway company acknowledges the toll on their physical and mental health,
UZ prioritizes accessibility in its modernization plan, with passenger lifts, accessible toilets, and specially trained staf
UZ plays a crucial role in Ukraine's cargo sector, accounting for 65% of the country's freight traffic.
UZ looks to the future with an ambitious $25 billion investment plan, including new standard gauge lines and modernization efforts.
The global "railway family," represented by organizations like the Global Ukraine Rail Task Force, stands in solidarity with UZ. Contributions, such as the $135,000 donation,
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