The President of All-Ukrainian Union of building materials manufacturers Ivan Saliy shared his impressions about his visit to SkyWay project designing Company and EcoTechnoPark located in Maryina Gorka. He told about the trip on the official website of his organization (posted in a concise version):
“I’ve been engaged with the development of urban passenger transport for many years, back then studying the achievements in Prague, Madrid, Vienna and London. I flew to Minsk even by an agricultural biplane with eight passengers, almost clinging trees below with its wings, so as to purchase Minsk trolleybuses with a low floor, to see the trams and buses produced in Minsk. This time it was a flight by “Boeing” ― packed to the eyeballs in both directions. The first impression through the years, then and now was that all businesses operate normally offering both new and hybrid vehicles.
The purpose was to make sure that it’s true: not far from Minsk (chased out from Moscow) there is a SkyWay pilot test site. This mode of transport is several times less costly than metro, tram and any analogue of elevated transport, for which the maintenance cost is minimized by the reduced human factor and the reliability of design.
In Kiev, there are young people, supporters of the project. Some time ago, the residents of Kiev along with Belgians have built an electric tram and launched it down the steep Saint Volodymyr Descent. I think that Kievers will revive the disposition to innovations and introduce SkyWay transport. On the left bank of the Dnieper, along the “beaches” there will be not a tram, but the transport of new generation over the trees that preserves the natural landscape. It will run from tall buildings across the Dnieper, at 3-5% of the housing cost. A zigzag of transitions between right ― left ― right banks of the Dnieper, etc., etc.”