Sergei Sobyanin: first MCDs opening is around the corner

November 13, 2019

Construction of the first two Moscow Central Diameters is nearing completion. The opening of MCD-1 Odintsovo — Lobnya and MCD-2 Nakhabino — Podolsk is scheduled for the end of November. Sergei Sobyanin, Governor of the Moscow Region Andrei Vorobyov and Chairman of the Board of Russian Railways JSC Oleg Belozyorov have inspected the progress.

'We have been hard at work on the launch of MCD-1 and MCD-2. Reconstruction of running railway tracks and stations is underway. And most importantly, today our colleagues present new Ivolga trains, upgraded to run along MCD,' said the Moscow Mayor.

According to Sergei Sobyanin, the preliminary voting results in the Active Citizen project suggest that 80% of Muscovites support MCD launch. The voting started on 9 October to finish on 13 November. As of 7 November, 196,036 people had already voted. The results are as follows:

I fully support the MCD project

111,917 people


I rather support it

42,390 people


I support it, but I have suggestions and comments

2,791 people


The project is good, but it is not a top priority

13,349 people


I do not support the project

10,634 people


It is experts who should decide on the project's implementation

6,291 people


I'm not sure

8,664 people


Muscovites living near the new lines have provided the greatest support for the project, with their share exceeding 90%. More than 75% of voters plan to use the diameters for everyday travels, 20% of them are going to do it on a regular basis.

MCD-1 and MCD-2 are expected to open at the end of November.

How will diameters work

In total, the first two diameters will be 132 km long. First, they will have 57 stations, to be further increased to 66. There will be 19 stations offering transfers to the metro and MCC, with 8 more over time.

'Today we have also inspected the completion status of the transfer stations. We prioritise parking spaces and landscaping — facilities for easy transfer to the mew mode of transport,' said Governor of the Moscow Region Andrei Vorobyov.

39 Ivolga trains will run the diameters, along with regular commuter trains. They are to provide some 900,000 new passenger seats per day. This means that Moscow and the region will have a new mode of transport, providing almost the same speed and comfort as the metro. The first diameters will improve transport services for four million residents of Moscow and the Moscow region.

Цитата 'This is an absolutely unique project, which is already beginning to be introduced across the Russian Federation, with unique solutions represented in Moscow in terms of the railway traffic technology,' said Oleg Belozyorov, Chairman of the Board of Russian Railways JSC.

You can use Troika Travel Card to pay the MCD fee and transfer from diameters to the metro or MCC and back free of charge.

Tariff zones

There will be three tariff zones on MCD-1 and MCD-2:

Central zone will cover Mark — Setun (MCD-1) and Ostafyevo —Volokolamskaya (MCD-2) stations. Travel fare within this zone is the same as in the metro, MCC and surface transport, at the Wallet tariff of the Troika Travel Card (RUB 38.00) or other types of tickets;

Prigorod tariff zone is for trips outside Mark, Setun, Volokolamskaya, Ostafyevo stations to the terminal stations Odintsovo, Lobnya, Nakhabino and Podolsk. One-time trip with the Troika Travel Card makes up RUB 45.00. 30 days season travel ticket will cost RUB 2,570. There are also 1, 3, 90 and 365-day season tickets available;

Dalnyaya tariff zone is for trips beyond the MCD line borders. The fare includes the cost of a commuter train ticket (RUB 23.00 per zone) plus RUB 45.00. Troika Travel Card provides free transfer to the metro and MCC. You can also buy a regular commuter train ticket, but you will have to pay for the transfer in this case.

Thanks to the new tariffs with free transfers, passengers are to save up to 50% of travel costs, with Moscow region residents saving up to 75%. The list of preferential categories of citizens has also been extended. Children under 7 will be able to travel for free not only in the metro and MCC, but also on suburban trains (to date, this only children under 5 enjoy free travel).

Ivolga trains by Transmashholding will carry the passengers. More than 90% of their components are produced by enterprises from 32 cities of Russia, employing 25,000 people. Carriages are assembled at the Tver Carriage Plant (with about 1,000 employees). Ivolga trains boast rapid and smooth acceleration for passengers' comfort, while the travel time is reduced.

'This train has to meet the highest standards. They are even higher than those set for the well-known Lastochka produced by Siemens in Germany, with production partly localised in Russia. This will be a new stage in the transport engineering development,' Sergei Sobyanin said.

Ivolga can have 5 to 12 carriages,  so it is easy to adjust the train to changing passenger traffic. A 7-carriage version 2.0 accommodates more than 2,000 people. Thanks to the wide doors (1,400 mm instead of the standard 1,250 mm), the boarding and alighting time is reduced by an average of 15%. The passengers are evenly distributed along the through passages between the carriages.

Ivolga is a transformer train, with the interior space easily adapted to the needs of every passenger.  There are bicycle racks, special luggage compartments, places for passengers with limited mobility and comfortable conditions for parents with kids, including changing tables in the WCs. Ivolga is equipped with a multi-level system of handrails with a warm-touch coating and soft hanging handles.  There is an additional vertical handrail in each inter-carriage crossing. Ivolga 2.0 trains have soft panels for standing passengers to lean against. Adaptive lighting varies depending on the time of the day: in the morning, when you need to wake up, the train turns on bright spirit-lifting lighting, and in the evening, on the contrary, the light goes soft and soothing. There are news screens, route boards and Wi-Fi hotspots, each seat has a USB-socket (there are more than 490 sockets in a seven-carriage train).  

The trains maintain a comfortable microclimate, also featuring an air-filtration system. There is automatic carbon dioxide monitoring, so the air is always fresh. The toilets have touch-sensitive taps and automatic hand dryers. Besides, Ivolga trains boast a digital control and diagnostics system.  This is a reliable and safe train, controlling dozens of parameters in real time. Integrated video surveillance system and driver vigilance monitoring system make the trip as safe as possible. The driver's cabin is equipped with a comfortable ergonomic chair and a personal climate control system.

'Thanks to the development of the Moscow transport hub and the order the company has received, we were able to develop, produce and deliver the most state-of-the-art passenger city train capable of operating in the city metro mode. This means acceleration, good passenger traffic, and comfortable interior. We have done everything for passengers to comfortably travel to Moscow from the Moscow region,' Kirill Lipa, CEO of Transmashholding, added.

He also expressed confidence that this order would be a long-term one.

Aeroexpress train Odintsovo — Sheremetyevo

Aeroexpress Odintsovo —Belorussky Vokzal — Sheremetyevo will be added to the schedule of MCD-1 trains Odintsovo — Lobnya. It will run the section to Belorussky Railway Station including all stops (Bakovka, Skolkovo Innovation Centre, Nemchinovka, Setun, Rabochy Posyolok, Kuntsevo, Fili, Testovskaya, Begovaya). It will run without stops from Belorussky Railway Station to Sheremetyevo Airport. Savyolovsky Vokzal stop will be added to Okruzhnaya, without stopping at Timiryazevskaya platform.

The MCD tariff will apply to rides on Aeroexpress trains from Odintsovo to Okruzhnaya. It will take 89 minutes to get from Odintsovo to Sheremetyevo Airport. Launched every 30 minutes, Aeroexpress will stop at the Belorussky Railway Station for 2 minutes. Aeroexpress trains Odintsovo-Sheremetyevo already run, but only three times a day.

The extension of the route to Odintsovo is expected to increase passenger traffic by about a million people a year, since it will connect Sheremetyevo Airport with the largest business clusters Skolkovo and Moscow City Business Centre. There will be only Stadler double-decker trains (Switzerland), now running to Domodedovo and Vnukovo airports, on the route.

Belorussky Railway Station, the largest MCD station

After the MCD launch, the intensity of commuter trains' traffic through the Belorussky Railway Station is expected to grow. So, two additional platforms, four dead-end tracks and a separate suburban 426 sq m pavilion with ticket offices, vending machines, turnstiles, an digital information screen and a ticket inspector room have been built. The pavilion exits to Tverskaya Zastava Square and Gruzinskaya Street, so passengers do not need to pass through the old building of the Belorussky Railway Station.

Since 2 October, Express trains to Usovo and Odintsovo have been running along the new tracks. Free transit tracks will be used to serve the MCD-1 trains.

MCD-1: what has been done and what is expected

MCD-1 is 52 km long. Travel time between the first and the last stations makes up 87 minutes. First, the line is to have 24 stops, but before 2024, there will be 28 of them (with Slavyansky Bulvar, Petrovsko-Razumovskaya, Dmitrovskaya, Ilimskaya stations added). 8 stops will offer transfers to the metro and MCC, with 12 stations expected later.

Trains to run MCD-1 will provide 403,000 additional passenger seats per day. The transport situation will improve for residents of Lobnya, Dolgoprudny, Odintsovo and other settlements of the Moscow region, as well as for 20 Moscow districts. The load on the metro Grey line's northern section, Blue line's western section, north-western section of the Purple line, and on the Light-Blue line will decrease by about 12%.

The railway infrastructure is currently under comprehensive reconstruction to launch the MCD-1:

the third and fourth main tracks were built on the Moskva — Odintsovo section of Smolensk (Belorusskaya) line of the Moscow railway over the previous and during this year. That has increased the intensity of train traffic, with headway reduced to 3.5 min during rush hours;

new Skolkovo Innovation Centre stopping point was built;

Fili, Nemchinovka, Odintsovo, Rabochy Posyolok stations have been reconstructed;

construction of Slavyansky Bulvar, Petrovsko-Razumovskaya stops is underway, with Dolgoprudnaya, Timiryazevskaya, Novodachnaya, Setun and Bakovka platforms being reconstructed.

The new and reconstructed stops have roofing along the entire platform, and roofed concourses that allow passengers exiting on both sides of the railway.

MCD-1 development Stage 2:

to build the third and fourth main tracks on the Moskva-Butyrskaya — Lobnya section of Savyolovka line of the Moscow railway;

to complete the reconstruction of Odintsovo and Lobnya terminal stations;

to build new Ilimskaya stop;

to build new platforms and tunnels at Lianozovo and Okruzhnaya stations;

to complete the reconstruction of Timiryazevskaya station;

to complete the reconstruction of the existing MCD-1 stations.

MCD-2: 80 km in 120 min

MCD-2 will be 80 km long. Travel time between the first and the last stations makes up 120 minutes. There will be 33 stopping points on the line, with their number further increased to 38. 11 platforms will have transfers to the metro and MCC, with 4 more platforms expected.

Trains to run MCD-2 will provide 486,000 extra passenger seats per day. The transport situation will improve for residents of Nakhabino, Krasnogorsk, Podolsk and other settlements of the Moscow region, as well as for 30 Moscow districts. The load on Grey metro line's northern section, Blue line's western section, south-eastern and western sections of Purple line, Green line's southern section and Orange line's northern section will decrease by 12%.

Before the MCD-2 opening, the grounds adjacent to the stations Rabochy Posyolok, Setun, Moskva-Passazhirskaya-Smolenskaya, Moskva-Butyrskaya, Leningradskaya and Tushino have been fully landscaped. Besides, transport and pedestrian accessibility of 22 more stopping points is being improved. The total area under landscaping covers 70.4 ha, with sidewalks widened, carriageway renovated, street lamps and hardscape installed, parking spaces and surface transport stops arranged, and lawns laid out. Also, improvement is underway in the railroad precinct.

'Maintaining the parameters we have agreed upon is crucial for us. These include headway. And quality. Today, we have checked the to-do list to see that we are even ahead of time in some aspects. Traditionally, after each meeting, we discuss further improvements. I think we will have some new ideas to include in our short term plans,' said Oleg Belozyorov.

He also added that MCD-1 and MCD-2 will be fully commissioned in 2019-2020. The other diameters are expected to be completed in 2023-2044.


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