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October 8, 2021, 10:57

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In October 2016, traffic on the routes of the Magistral network was opened in the capital. Thanks to this, it became more convenient for passengers to use ground transport both in the city center and on remote highways.

The routes of the Magistral surface public transport network are planned to be expanded throughout the city in 2022. This was announced by the Deputy Mayor of Moscow for Transport Maxim Liksutov.

This year the Magistral network turns five years old. Thanks to it, it became more convenient for passengers to use ground transport both in the city center and on remote highways. Since its inception, the network has been traveled over 600 million times. The routes were developed and improved, which made it possible to change the quality of public transport for the better. Today, the network includes 49 routes; more than 500 thousand people use them daily. The passengers are served by comfortable buses equipped with contactless payment devices and USB sockets. They work strictly on schedule. Such well-coordinated work is ensured through the constant development of infrastructure: the creation of dedicated lanes for public transport, the construction of new convenient transfer hubs.

“For five years now, the city’s route network has been developing so that as many people as possible choose public transport to move around Moscow. Thanks to Magistral, we have made land transport more predictable and convenient and provided passengers with clear and simple navigation. After analyzing the movement of people, examining the existing infrastructure and the availability of social facilities, we revised the work of land transport. Now “Magistral” will solve one of the key problems of the districts: how to get to the metro, MCD and MCC in less time. At the same time, we understand that convenient ground transport is not only a route network – it is modern buses, updated infrastructure, well-thought-out dedicated lanes, short and convenient transfers, clear navigation and many changes that must now take place not only in the center, but also in districts so that public transport works as a single mechanism throughout the city, ”said

Maxim Liksutov.

First, the expansion of the Magistral network is planned to be carried out in the Central and Southern administrative districts of the city. This November, 38 new trunk routes will be opened there, and the work of more than 200 existing routes will be revised according to the principles of the Magistral network. Then the network will update in the South-Western and Western districts.

It is planned that in Khamovniki buses from Bolshaya Pirogovskaya Street will begin to drive directly to the entrance of the Sportivnaya metro station: the distance that passengers must travel to change from the metro to buses will be reduced six times – from 300 to 50 meters. In addition, a new regional route will be opened between the Sportivnaya and Smolenskaya metro stations through Pogodinskaya Street, which has not been used by buses before.

In addition, a new main route M78 will appear, going through the center of the Orekhovo-Borisovo Yuzhnoye, Orekhovo-Borisovo Severnoe and Zyablikovo districts, then along the Moscow Ring Road (with stops at shopping centers). Buses on this route will arrive in the Vykhino area to the large interchange hub of the same name. There, passengers will be able not only to transfer to the metro or suburban trains of the Kazan direction (the future MCD-3), but also to other buses heading towards the Eastern District.

Sevastopolskiy Prospekt is one of the few outbound highways where there has not yet been a main route. The new M90 bus will follow the entire avenue and reach the very center – to Lubyanka, Kitay-gorod, Red Square. In addition, the buses will pass along Vvedensky Street, where new quarters are being built under the renovation program. Among the stops on this route will also be the station of the Big Circle line of the metro “Zyuzino”, which will open in the near future.

According to the principles of the “Magistral”, this year the work of buses of commercial carriers operating under government contracts was redistributed throughout the city. First of all, the routes duplicating each other were removed, and the freed transport was sent to the busy areas. For passengers, this means that where previously there were two similar routes, but buses had to wait for a long time, now there is one, but transport on it began to run more often. The changes also affected the rolling stock. There are more seats in buses, contactless payments with bank cards and USB sockets have appeared. Travel became even safer due to the introduction of the Anti-Son driver fatigue monitoring system.

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

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