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Rolling stock will be renewed at MCD-1, MCD-3 will be integrated with the high-speed railroad Moscow – St. Petersburg, and additional lobbies will appear at MCC stations.

In late 2020 – early 2021, the implementation of several large projects for the development of the infrastructure of the Central Transport Hub will be completed. Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin and Oleg Belozerov, Director General of Russian Railways, spoke about this at a conference call.

Thus, they plan to open the Khovrino station, which will become part of the promising third Moscow Central Diameter (MCD-3). The reconstruction of the existing stations will also be completed, among them Podolsk (MCD-2), Krekshino (will become part of the future MCD-4) and Bakovka (MCD-1).

On the Reutov – Balashikha section, it is planned to open the second main track, the construction of which should be completed in the near future. The number of suburban trains will also increase to 16 pairs on the Gorky direction, where MCD-4 will appear. This will reduce the train interval from 4.3 to 3.8 minutes during peak hours. The interval of movement of electric trains in the direction of Balashikha will be halved – from 60 to 30 minutes.

By the end of 2020, the renewal of the rolling stock running on MCD-1 will be fully completed. At MCD-2, such an update was completed in August.

Savings and record passenger traffic: MCD-1 and MCD-2

Thanks to the opening of MCD-1 and MCD-2, transport services have improved for more than four million residents of Moscow and the Moscow Region. Passengers received modern trains, clock timetables, additional transfer options and new fares that save up to 75 percent on daily travel.

In addition, the frequency of trains has increased compared to the period when ordinary trains were running. At MCD-1, this figure increased by 73 percent, at MCD-2 – by 69 percent.

On March 6, 2020, passenger traffic reached a record high of 568 thousand trips per day. This is 15 percent more than on March 6, 2019, when ordinary electric trains used the same routes.

More than 120 million passengers have used the MCD since its launch. Thanks to the new tariff system, they saved about 1.4 billion rubles on travel.

MCD-1 and MCD-2 are 132 kilometers and 60 stations, from 20 of which you can change to the metro, the Moscow Central Circle (MCC) and the radial lines of the railway. By 2024, it is planned to build new stations on the first two diameters, including Petrovsko-Razumovskaya, Maryina Roshcha, Dmitrovskaya, Kotlyakovo, Pechatniki and Shchukinskaya (it will replace the Pokrovskoye-Streshnevo station).

Integration with high-speed backbone: MCD-3

MCD-3 will connect Zelenograd with the city of Ramenskoye. The diameter length with 42 stops will be 85 kilometers. Now, as part of the project to create MCD-3, work is underway to build an overpass near Nikolaevka station and a tunnel on the Kazan direction of the Moscow Railway (MZD), rebuild the Mitkovskaya line, which connects several directions of MZD, and also the construction of Khovrino station is coming to an end.

During the meeting, Sergei Sobyanin and Oleg Belozerov agreed to integrate projects for the construction of a high-speed railway line Moscow – St. Petersburg and MCD-3 “Leningradsko-Kazansky”. This will optimize the timing and cost of work.

The integration of the projects will also lead to the creation of first-class transport hubs that will link diameters, metro and high-speed rail.

In Moscow, high-speed trains will make stops at Kryukovo (Zelenograd) and Petrovsko-Razumovskaya stations. Many townspeople will be able to travel to St. Petersburg without wasting time on a trip to the Leningradsky railway station, and passengers arriving from St. Petersburg will be able to change to public transport without reaching the city center.

86 kilometers and 39 stops: MCD-4

The length of MCD-4 will be 86 kilometers, and there will be 39 stops. Diameter will connect Aprelevka and Zheleznodorozhny.

As part of the creation of MCD-4, the Aprelevka terminal station is being reconstructed, the third main track on the Solnechnaya – Aprelevka section and the fourth main track on the Moscow – Aprelevka section are being built. They are also building a connecting line between the Kiev and Belorussky directions of Moscow Railways, the third and fourth main tracks on the Kurskiy station – Kalanchevskaya section, the fourth main track on the Kurskiy station – Karacharovo section, as well as reconstructing and making new stopping points.

In addition, the construction of the fourth main track on the Zheleznodorozhnaya – Karacharovo section has already been completed.

During the meeting, they confirmed the agreement on the maximum reduction in the time required for the reconstruction of the Kurskiy station – Kalanchevskaya section. The work is expected to be completed in early 2023. This is a year and a half earlier than originally planned.

Moscow Central Ring

In 2019, the train interval on the Moscow Central Circle was reduced from five to four minutes during peak hours. In addition, new passenger services have been created over the past year.

Thus, in the “car of silence” passengers are not advised to talk, listen to loud music, or turn on the sound of a mobile phone. The trains now have green seats for those who find it more difficult to stand than the rest. In addition, when paying for travel, passengers can use the MirPay and HuaweiPay payment services. A pilot project is also being implemented to inform passengers about the departure of the nearest suburban trains.

In 2021, it is planned to open a warm transfer at Okruzhnaya station, as well as off-street pedestrian crossings across the MCC tracks in the area of ​​Koptevo and Panfilovskaya stations.

During the meeting, Sergei Sobyanin and Oleg Belozerov decided to work out the construction of additional lobbies at the MCC stations, the capacity of which will be exhausted in the coming years due to the increase in passenger traffic.

The MCC has 31 stations, 26 transfers to the metro, 10 transfers to rail transport, and five transfers to four stations of the MCD. Thanks to the launch of traffic on the Moscow Central Circle, the Koltsevaya metro line was relieved by 15 percent, and the central railway stations by 20-40 percent.

EDITOR’S NOTE: This article is a translation. Apologies should the grammar and or sentence structure not be perfect.

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