The routes of the updated Magistral network have been launched in the center and in the south of the capital

November 28, 2021

On November 20, routes of the Magistral updated network were launched in the Central Administrative District (CAD) and the Southern Administrative District (SAD). Next year, changes will be implemented throughout Moscow — this is about a thousand existing routes.

"Moscow Mayor has set a task to make aboveground transport even more convenient, even faster and more predictable, so that as many passengers as possible use it. Therefore, we have revised the routes in these districts. Aboveground transport will go faster due to straightening and changing routes, reconfiguring traffic lights and launching dedicated lanes. Having implemented changes, the number of people who will live within walking distance of the main routes will almost double," Maxim Liksutov, Deputy Moscow Mayor for Transport, said.

Traffic on the Magistral routes was opened in October 2016. With its appearance, it became more convenient for passengers to move both in the center and in other districts.

Novelties were gradually introduced in the CAD in order to connect it with other districts by direct routes. To do this, 49 routes have been changed, dedicated lanes have been organized, comfortable transfer hubs have been built, traffic schedules have been improved and infrastructure has been updated. Such measures made it possible to make public transport trips in the center more comfortable, the total number of passengers increased by 40 percent.

What is a Magistral 

The next changes affected the center and south of Moscow. In other districts, routes will be changed by stages taking into account feedback from residents. To do this, the territory of Moscow was conditionally divided into sectors. The team of analysts took into account the boundaries of districts and natural and artificial obstacles that are difficult to overcome: rivers, forest parks, railway tracks. The result was four sectors:

— SAD and CAD;

— SWAD, WAD, routes from TiNAD;

— NWAD, NAD, NEAD and ZelAD;

— EAD and SEAD.

Due to changes in routes, reconfiguration of traffic lights and the creation of dedicated lanes for residents of two districts of the capital, travel time will be reduced by 30-40 percent.

About 200 routes have changed. In the CAO and SAD, there are 38 line routes — they run along all the main highways of the districts: Kashirskoe Highway, Lipetskaya Street, Podolskikh Kursantov Street, Balaklavsky Prospekt, Nakhimovsky Prospekt and many others. The remaining routes will provide connections within the district, transport will carry passengers to social facilities. The new route network have taken into account in advance the changes concerning the stations of the metro Big Circle Line. In addition, 56 new stops have appeared.

To inform passengers, data on the changes were posted in electronic and print media and social networks. On the unified transport portal an interactive map and descriptions of route changes where people could leave comments were published. In addition, ads were placed at bus stops, billboards, bollards, on screens in the metro, in trains of Moscow central diameters, in overground transport.

During the month, passengers were able to study the routes and leave suggestions for their improvement. The transport complex received almost four thousand proposals from residents: some of them were taken into account before starting work, the rest of the proposals will be worked out in more detail.

All routes are displayed in the Moscow Transport mobile application, as well as in Yandex.Maps.

For the search convenience, a single system was implemented. The route numbers that now exist in the city have developed historically and have not changed for a long time. New routes are assigned their own numbers or those left after canceled routes. 

The new numbers inform passengers about the interval and the district. In the updated aboveground transport network, bus routes are divided into three categories, from frequent to rare: mainline, district and social. Express buses also belong to the mainline routes. The category is easy to identify by the letter in the bus number. The letter M indicates mainline routes, E — express buses, C — social. The rest of the routes do not have a letter designation. Also, taking into account the division of the city into sectors, now it is clear where it passes by the first digit in the route number.

The changes will affect more than two million passengers. A map of the updated route network can be found on the unified transport portal and at public transport stops.


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