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23 November 2021, 20:37

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In the next three years, two more diameters are planned to be launched in the capital – MCD-3 and MCD-4.

Passenger traffic continues to grow at Moscow Central Diameters for two years. Gradually, MCDs acquire the same functions as the metro. Thanks to this, more and more people are choosing diameters for trips within the city, said Sergei Sobyaninin an interview with the Moscow 24 TV channel.

“The rolling stock has changed, the stations have become completely different – similar to metro stations, and some are even more modern. Possibility of transferring from the railway to the metro, ground public transport. A single travel card: before you had to pay by going on the train, then on the subway, then on the bus, and so on. Today, a unified payment system allows you to save substantial money, comfortably moving around the city and the MCD, of course, have already become a real surface metro, ”said Sergei Sobyanin.

There are plans to launch two more diameters for 2023–2024. For this, new stations are being built in Moscow today, tracks are being laid and rolling stock is being renewed.

Traffic on the first two Moscow central diameters was opened 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, and there are 60 stopping points there. 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.

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.

For two years, 309 million passengers used the diameters: MCD-1 – 136 million, MCD-2 – 173 million.

Currently, 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 Domodedov) …

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