Muscovites chose the name for the first river tram

September 18

The voting for the name for the first electric river tram, which will start operating in Moscow in 2022, has ended in the Active Citizen project. Five options were available for the poll: Setun, Zhuzha, Yauza, Sinichka, and Neglinka. All the names coincide with the names of Moscow rivers. This concept was proposed by Muscovites a year earlier.

“This time, a real struggle broke out between the participants. The top three of them were known immediately: Sinichka, Zhuzha and Yauza went far ahead of other prospective names. But it was not obvious which of them would win almost until the voting was over. In the end, the Muscovites preferred Sinichka. This name received 44,268 votes,” said Alexander Pishchelko, head of the State Institution “New Management Technologies”.

A total of 153,863 people took part in the voting. The winning option received 28.77 percent of the votes.

Muscovites will be able to take a trip on Sinichka in 2022 — it is then that they plan to launch two test routes of the first electric river transport in the capital. 20 such electric vessels will gradually start operating on the routes — each will be named after a Moscow river.

“Regular river transport routes will return to the city in 2022, as was decided by the Moscow Mayor. After almost 16 years, residents of the capital will again be able to move along the river saving up to an hour of travel time. A total of 20 electric vessels will operate for river transportation. We will gradually launch them along two river routes: from the Kievsky Railway Station to the Fili Park and from the Avtozavodsky Bridge to the Pechatniki. All vessels will be named after Moscow rivers — this concept was proposed by future passengers of river transport a year ago. Muscovites have already chosen the name Sinichka for the first electric train. It will start its operation next year,” said Maxim Liksutov, Deputy Moscow Mayor, head of the Moscow Department of Transport and Road Infrastructure Development.

Each river tram will have 42 comfortable seats, including for people with disabilities. They will be equipped with USB chargers and Wi-Fi. People will be also able to work on their laptops while sitting at comfortable tables. A separate space will be allocated for traveling with bicycles and push scooters.

One tram will be able to transport up to 16 thousand passengers per day. The fare can be paid with a Troika card, a bank card or using a biometric system. Thus, regular river transport, which stopped working in 2006, will be revived in the capital.

The electric river tram is 100 percent eco-friendly transport that does not produce harmful emissions. It will carry passengers all year round.

The vote for the name of the river tram opened the autumn voting season of the Active Citizen project this year. Over the summer, Moscow residents were able to choose the design of city posters, decide how to name the new station of the Bolshaya Koltsevaya Line, determine topics for a new children's environmental online hobby class, and much more - all of it with the help of the portal.

The Active Citizen project was established in 2014. More than five million people have joined it in seven years, and more than five thousand votes have been held on the platform. Users receive points for participation that can be spent in the rewards store of the Active Citizen project. One can exchange the earned points for souvenirs, excursions, discount coupons, replenishment of transport cards and parking payment. Since the end of 2020, the project participants also have the opportunity to send the accumulated points to charity.


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