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November 21, 2021 12:38 pm

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Gradually, MCDs acquire the same functions as the metro.

Two years ago, traffic was opened along the first two Moscow Central Diameters (MCD), and during this time they have qualitatively changed the urban transport system. I wrote about it Sergei Sobyaninon your page on the VKontakte social network.


Two years of work of the IDC

Movement along the first two Moscow central diameters opened exactly two years ago – November 21, 2019. MCD-1 “Belorussko-Savelovsky” connected Odintsovo and Lobnya, MCD-2 “Kursk-Rizhsky” – Nakhabino and Podolsk. The total length of MCD-1 and MCD-2 is 132 kilometers, there are 60 stopping points on them. From 21 of them, you can make transfers to metro stations, the Moscow Central Circle (MCC), as well as to the radial directions of the railway. With the launch of the MCD, the transfer at the metro and MCC stations became free, it can be done when paying with a Troika transport card within 90 minutes from the moment of the first validation.

On weekdays, the MCD transports about 570 thousand passengers, and in two years more than 300 million passengers have used them.

With the launch of diameters, passengers received a train clock schedule. The interval of movement was reduced to five to seven minutes during rush hours. In addition, the daily technological window was canceled. Already in the first year of operation, the rolling stock was completely renewed. Today, the MCD has one of the youngest electric train fleets in Europe – on average, trains are about three years old.

Gradually, MCDs acquire the same functions as the metro. Thanks to this, more and more people choose them within the city limits.

Three more diameters are planned to be launched. For this, new stations are being built in Moscow, tracks are being laid and rolling stock is being renewed. Now they are building and designing MCD-3 “Leningradsko-Kazansky” (from Zelenograd to Ramenskoye), MCD-4 “Kievsko-Gorkovsky” (from Aprelevka to Zheleznodorozhny) and MCD-5 “Yaroslavsko-Paveletsky” (from Pushkin to Domodedovo).

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