Sergei Sobyanin on MCC and MCD expansion plans

November 11

In late 2020 and early 2021, the city will complete several major projects for expanding the infrastructure of the Central Transport Hub, Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin and Russian Railways Director General Oleg Belozyorov said via teleconference.

There are plans to open the Khovrino station as part of the future Moscow Central Diameter 3 (MCD-3) route. Existing stations, including Podolsk on the MCD-2 route, Kryokshino on the future MCD-4 route and Bakovka on the MCD-1 route will also be thoroughly overhauled.

The second mainline route is to open on the Reutov-Balashikha line, due to shortly be completed. More commuter trains will run on the MCD-4 route, part of the Moscow Railway’s Gorkovskaya Line. Consequently, rush hour service intervals will be reduced from 4.3 to just 3.8 minutes. Commuter trains will reach Balashikha in 30, rather than 60 minutes.

The MCD-1’s rolling stock will be renewed completely before the year is out. The MCD-2’s trains were already replaced in August.

MCD-1 and MCD-2: Cheap trips and sky-high passenger traffic

The newly-opened MCD-1 and MCD-2 provide better transport services for over four million people in Moscow and the Moscow Region. Passengers can use modern trains, and  synchronised traffic schedules plus save up to 75 percent on daily trips.

Trains also come and go 73 and 69 percent more often on the MCD-1 and MCD-2, compared to the ordinary commuter trains.

On 6 March 2020, daily passenger traffic volumes reached a record-breaking 568,000 trips or 15 percent more on 6 March 2019 when ordinary commuter trains were operating on the same routes.

Since their inception, over 120 million passengers have used MCD-1 and MCD-2 , and the new ticket system has allowed them to save about 1.4 billion roubles.

Both routes are 132 km long with 60 stations, including 20 stations for changing to the metro, the MCC and railway lines. New stations are expected to be built at Petrovsko-Razumovskaya, Maryina Roshcha, Dmitrovskaya, Kotlyakovo, Pechatniki and Shchukinskaya by 2024. The latter will replace the Pokrovskoye-Streshnevo station.

Merging with the MCD-3 high-speed railway

The 85-km MCD-3 route with 42 stations will link Zelenograd and Ramenskoye. They are now building a flyover near the Nikolayevka station under the MCD-3 project. An underpass is also being built on the Kazanskoye Line of the Moscow Railway. Workers are also overhauling the Mitkovskaya Line linking several Moscow Railway lines, and the Khovrino station will shortly be completed.

During the teleconference, Sergei Sobyanin and Oleg Belozyorov agreed to merge projects for building the Moscow-St Petersburg high-speed railway and the MCD-3 (Leningradsko-Kazanskoye) route. This will make it possible to streamline construction deadlines and also costs.

Their merger will help create top-grade transit hubs for linking MCD routes, metro lines and the high-speed railway.

High-speed trains will stop at Moscow’s Kryukovo (Zelenograd) and Petrovsko-Razumovskaya stations.  Many people will no longer have to depart for St Petersburg from Leningradsky Railway Station. Passengers arriving from St Petersburg will already be able to take public transport outside its central districts.

MCD-4: 86 km and 39 stations

The 86-km MCD-4 route, due to link Aprelevka and Zheleznodorzhny, will have 39 stations.

Under the MCD-4 project, they are overhauling the Aprelevka terminus, building the third mainline route in the Solnechnaya-Aprelevka sector and the fourth mainline route between Moscow and Aprelevka. Work is also underway to build a railway link between the Moscow Railway’s Kievskoye and Belarusskoye lines, the third and fourth mainline routes between the Kursky Railway Station and Karacharovo and also overhauling and building new stations.

The fourth mainline route has already been completed between Zheleznodorozhnaya and Karacharovo.

Teleconference participants confirmed their agreement to overhaul the Kursky Railway Station-Kalanchevskaya sector as soon as possible. The project is to be completed in early 2023 or 18 months earlier than originally planned.

Photo by Maxim Mishin, Press Service of the Mayor and Moscow Government

The Moscow Central Circle

In 2019, rush hour service intervals were reduced from five to four minutes on the MCC. New passenger services were also created over a period of the past 12 months.

Passengers in the so-called ‘quiet carriage’ are advised not to talk or listen to loud music and to turn off the sound on their mobile phones. Green seats are now available for the disabled and for pregnant women.  Passengers can use Mir Pay and Huawei Pay services to pay their fares. The city is also implementing a pilot project to inform passengers about the departure of the next commuter trains.

 A warm passenger interchange is to open at the Okruzhnaya station next year, and pedestrian crossings are to open near the Koptevo and Panfilovskaya stations.

During the teleconference, Mr Sobyanin and Mr Belozyorov decided to study the possibility of building additional hallways at MCC stations whose capacity will soon be depleted in the next few years, due to expanded passenger traffic.

The MCC has 31 stations, as well as 26 metro interchanges and ten railway transport interchanges, as well as five interchanges to four MCD stations. MCC trains reduced congestion on the metro’s Circle Line by 15 percent, and passenger traffic at central railway stations is down by between 20to 40 percent.


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