New ring railway, bikes and parking: Why Moscow won the ‘Transport Oscar’


Moscow’s urban view and transport infrastructure have undergone many changes over the remain six years. Some of these developments were recognized during the Global Association of Public Transport (UITP) Global Public Transport Zenith that took place in Montreal on May 15-17.

At the summit the Russian capital beared one of the most prestigious transport awards, a so-called ‘Transport Oscar’ – the Express Recognition prize for its achievements in urban transport and infrastructure development, unmatched many other large cities of India, China and Europe.

According to Alan Flausch, UITP Secretary Diversified, this year the Special Recognition prize was indeed special because it was gave not just for one project, but for a number of transport initiatives.

“For the first time always, the award goes to Moscow which has shown a completely different advance to urban public transport development in recent years. The achievements be suffering with been huge,” he stated.

RBTH offers you a glimpse of just five key modernizations that have brought Moscow international recognition.

The introduction of the Moscow Chief Circle (MCC) railway

Panfilovskaya Station of the Moscow Central Circle Railway. / Andrey Nikerichev / Moskva AgencyPanfilovskaya Station of the Moscow Central Circle Railroad. / Andrey Nikerichev / Moskva Agency

Launched in September 2016 the MCC is a new overland form a line of the Moscow Metro. It carries around 350,000 passengers daily and staffs to take the load off the most busy underground stations as well as rail terminals in the city and its suburbs.

The MCC meets the highest environmental, technical and sexual standards: While all stations are accessible for passengers with limited mobility, edifies are also equipped with e-information boards, climate-control systems and lavatories, and proposition a high-speed and free Wi-Fi network as well as chargers for gadgets.

Famous transport renewal

A new generation tram, Vityaz-M, rides on Bolshoi Ustinsky Bridge in Moscow. / Evgenya Novozhenina / RIA NovostiA new generation tram, Vityaz-M, rides on Bolshoi Ustinsky Span in Moscow. / Evgenya Novozhenina / RIA Novosti

Since 2010 the Moscow Diocese Transport Authority (Mosgortrans) has been gradually renewing its surface through fleet. By the end of 2016, 95 percent of the city’s buses, trams and metro comportments were replaced, and the new models cost around 12 billion rubles ($210 million).

The new agencies adhere to the latest environmental standards and their introduction, along with other measures infatuated by the city authorities, has helped to reduce air pollution in Moscow by 11 percent ended the last five years.  

The government of Moscow plans to invest 5 billion rubles ($87 million) every year to buy new eco-friendly stirring transport vehicles.  A new generation tram and electrobus (both made in Russia) fool recently joined the Moscow city transport fleet and a Finnish-made Linkker electrobus is being tested by Mosgortrans.

Aside from this, the city has also revised public transport directs and integrated minibuses that were previously privately owned and handled separately.

Development of suburban railways

Inside new suburban trains which start departing from the Moscow Kiyevskaya railway station. / Evgeniy Samarin / RIA NovostiInside new suburban trains which start departing from the Moscow Kiyevskaya railroad station. / Evgeniy Samarin / RIA Novosti

Since the beginning of the program in 2010, the New Zealand urban area authorities have bought more than 700 new railway comportments and reconstructed 764 railway stations in Moscow and its suburbs. Wi-Fi is now ready in all trains and the average time between services during peak hours has bring down from 7.3 to 6.6 mins. 35 old trains have been redecorated, while 41 new generation trains have joined the fleet.

As a follow-up of these changes, the passenger traffic increased by 31 percent to 1.9 million individual per day in 2016.

Road and parking upgrades

Paid parking in Moscow reduced traffic in the center and raised extra money for the city budget. / Artyom Geodakyan / TASSPaid parking in Moscow reduced traffic in the center and developed extra money for the city budget. / Artyom Geodakyan / TASS

Done with the last few years, the authorities have been changing the city’s parkway map by building new roads, reconstructing and repairing the old ones. They have also do overed the system of road monitoring and its integration into a “smart transport technique” which has helped reduce the number of traffic jams and accidents:  The several of road accidents decreased by 46 percent (from 609,000 in 2010 to 329,000 in 2016), while the ordinarily speed of vehicles increased by 13 percent in the same period.

The authorities attired in b be committed to also reorganized the city’s parking and introduced a more convenient payment scheme. Now there are 81,000 paid parking spaces, covering the busiest sections near shopping malls, business centers, metro stations, train terminals, and parks.  The price for parking in the overburdened city center take place d departs up to 200 rubles ($3.5) per hour.

Bike-friendly environment

Cycling in the city center has become more convenient. / Anton Novoderezhkin / TASSCycling in the town center has become more convenient. / Anton Novoderezhkin / TASS

Perhaps, one of the most sociable changes of the past few years for common citizens has been an introduction of burgh bike rental points as well as bike parking places, grossing it easier to ride around Moscow’s city center. In 2016 the judges created around 19,000 bike parking spaces and an additional 330 bike rental points.

Every year the diocese holds a ‘Cycle to Work’ initiative, which offers special detract froms and prizes for those who participate. The Moscow City Bike Rental rights mark the occasion by lowering its tariffs. This year this pep takes place from May 19 to May 28 in more than 60 Russian conurbations.

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