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The Government Commission on Transport generally approved the draft sectoral strategy until 2035.The document will be presented for discussion at a meeting of the Presidium of the State Council of the Russian Federation.

First Deputy Prime Minister Andrei Belousov chaired a joint meeting of the Presidium of the Government Commission on Transport and the State Council Commission in the direction of “Transport”.

The event was attended by Aide to the President Igor Levitin, Deputy Prime Minister Marat Khusnullin, Minister of Transport Vitaly Savelyev, Minister of Economic Development Maxim Reshetnikov, Head of the State Council working group in the area of ​​”Transport” Alexey Tsydenov, General Director – Chairman of the Board of JSC “Russian Railways” Oleg Belozerov, representatives of federal executive authorities, regional transport departments, public organizations.

As Andrei Belousov emphasized, the current version of the draft strategy is qualitatively different from its original version. “The approach to strategy has changed. For the first time, it is based on two concepts. The first is the backbone transport network, which will be formed in the country until 2035 based on demographic, economic, social and other conditions, the First Deputy Prime Minister said. – The second concept is how our transport will transport passengers and goods along this backbone transport network. It is a question of efficiency, centralization, intermodality. “

The mechanisms for implementing the strategy are also important. In this regard, the Ministry of Transport was instructed to work out the appropriate methodological support of the developed project.

The head of the Ministry of Transport Vitaly Savelyev presented a draft Transport Strategy for the period up to 2030 with a forecast up to 2035. Currently, the second stage of the development of the document is being completed, in which the project teams of the Ministry of Transport and subordinate agencies, 17 transport universities, the Scientific Center for Complex Transport Problems, the Russian Academy of Transport, the Center for Strategic Research, the Center for Infrastructure Economics, consulting agencies, experts of the Higher School of Economics and many other organizations.

“During the second stage of developing the strategy, consultations were held with the industry and scientific community, over 700 different proposals were received, most of which were taken into account in the current version of the document,” said Vitaly Savelyev.

In particular, a subsection “Energy risks” appeared in the project, the indicator “The share of passenger traffic on public transport in the total volume in large and largest agglomerations” was included. The subsection with the principles of tariff policy and access to infrastructure has been updated. A suburban passenger transportation subsection has also been added.

In addition to the introduction of the mechanism of the Unified Backbone Transport Network, criteria have been developed for attributing infrastructure facilities to such a network on all modes of transport to create a multimodal network.

“To substantiate the directions of infrastructure development, we began to develop a transport and economic balance, outlined a roadmap for the development of this mechanism. We are planning to carry out this large-scale work together with the Ministry of Economic Development of Russia and interested organizations, ”the Minister of Transport specified.

“This is the first sectoral strategy to be done in conjunction with long-term development targets up to 2030 and with energy transition and low-carbon development strategies. The strategy will take into account the parameters of a single plan, which is important for an integrated approach to economic development, ”said the head of the Ministry of Economic Development Maxim Reshetnikov.

One of the main accents of the new strategy is accelerated digitalization and breakthrough technological solutions. During the development, special attention was paid to the concept of sustainable development, which includes initiatives in the field of ecology, safety and human capital development.

As Vitaly Savelyev emphasized, the implementation of the strategy will provide a new level of quality of transport services for passengers.

We are talking about an increase in the mobility of the population between regions, maintaining the fixed assets of the transport complex in a standard state, achieving a zero carbon footprint from the operation of public transport in large and largest agglomerations. For cargo owners, conditions will be created for efficient seamless transportation with a high level of quality, speed and reduced cost.

By 2035, a fourfold increase in the speed of movement of non-raw materials is predicted – up to 1000 km per day. First of all, this should happen through the use of container trains, electronic documents and drones. The share of transportation documents in electronic form will reach 100%. The carrying capacity of railway sections in the export direction will increase by more than 50%, and the cost of transporting goods for large shippers engaged in water transportation via the Unified Deep Water System will decrease by a quarter.

“The state will receive a colossal contribution to the economy, an increase in the safety of the transport system and labor productivity,” said the head of the Ministry of Transport.

Vitaly Savelyev spoke in detail about the sections of the draft strategy, paying special attention to global trends affecting the development of the Russian transport complex, forecast economic conditions, the development of transport in agglomerations, digitalization and security in transport, personnel support of the strategy.

Currently, the main revision of the strategy concerns the actualization of the scenario conditions of socio-economic development, the assessment of investments, the climate agenda, and the forecast of foreign trade.

Following the discussions, the government commission generally approved the submitted draft Transport Strategy for the period up to 2030 with a forecast up to 2035.

The participants expressed a number of comments and suggestions, taking into account which the document will be promptly finalized and submitted for discussion at a meeting of the Presidium of the State Council of the Russian Federation.

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