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Commuter trains to complement Moscow metro - mayor

by at 28/01/2013 14:58

Moscow authorities have started implementing jointly with the Russian Railways a program to build 240 kilometers of new railway lines for commuter trains in the next 7 to 8 years to complement the city’s metro, Mayor Sergei Sobyanin told President Vladimir Putin on Monday.

“In fact this is going to be a second metro, which will run on the surface,” Sobyanin said at a meeting dedicated to the development of city transportation.

The Russian government approved in December 2012 a state program to develop the country’s transportation system including railway lines in Moscow and in the Moscow region, putting aside for the purpose 17.6 billion rubles annually between 2015 and 2020.

On top of this, the Moscow government and the Russian Railways plan to invest a total of 85.9 billion rubles in 2013-2020 in developing infrastructure of all five railway lines of the city and its region.

Sobyanin said that the Moscow metro system, one of the biggest in the world, is 40 percent overloaded, and it has to be developed as other means of public transportation may prove to be insufficient.

He said last year 8.5 kilometers of metro lines were built, which is an annual record for Moscow, and next year another 14 kilometers are expected to be built.

Currently, the Moscow metro comprises 12 lines with a total length of over 300 kilometers. Before 2020, another 150 kilometers are expected to be commissioned, which will require over a trillion rubles of investment.

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