The commercial bus fleet in Moscow is eight years younger. Transit companies have bought almost 2,000 buses of different size.
“Before we adopted the new model, carriers used rolling stock averaging from 7 to 9 years old. Today the average age is one year. The commercial carriers have invested a total of 10 billion roubles to purchase new vehicles. They have purchased almost 2,000 buses of different size that currently serve 211 routes,” Deputy Mayor and Head of the Department for Transport and Road Infrastructure Development Maxim Liksutov said.
According to Mr Liksutov, Moscow’s current bus fleet is one of the most numerous and youngest in Europe.
“The city has almost 8,500 buses. London’s bus fleet, for example, numbers 8,000,” he added.
Private carriers are being integrated into Moscow’s single transit system. They have adopted new quality standards and use modern vehicles. Buses have climate control systems, surveillance cameras and voice announcement systems. Big and medium-sized buses with wheelchair ramps run on the most popular routes. Carriers must follow the schedule, keep the rolling stock in proper condition, and accept municipal travel cards and social cards.
For all issues related to the new buses, please call the Moscow Transport Contact Centre by dialling 8 (495) 539 5454; shortcode for mobile phones: 3210 (Beeline, MTS, Megaphone).