Moscow Central Circle launches smart escalators with motion sensors

Moscow Central Circle launches smart escalators with motion sensors
Energy-saving escalators work only when passengers approach them.

Energy-saving escalators, fitted with motion sensors, have been installed at some Moscow Central Circle (MCC) stations. The escalators automatically slow down and stop if no one is using them and start moving again when someone approaches.

Similar escalators have been installed at the new metro stations, including Delovoy Tsentr on the Kalininsko-Solntsevskaya Line and Kotelniki on the Tagansko-Krasnopresnenskaya Line.

"The MCC has been designed to the latest standards, with a special focus on energy savings and efficiency," the MCC press centre said.

According to the press centre, the MCC interchange points have been designed to allow for the maximum use of daylight and to minimise the consumption of electricity. To this end, the ceilings and walls at some interchange points and the MCC overhead pedestrian crossings are made of glass.

"The railway was electrified, and modern eco-friendly Lastochka trains have replaced the cargo trains that were diesel powered,” the press centre said.

In addition, MCC trains run on continuous welded rail, which makes the ride smooth and relatively quiet.
The Moscow Central Circle was launched on 10 September 2016. Twenty six stations are currently open with 12 interchange points to the metro and six interchange points with commuter railway stations. The remaining five stations on the ring: Koptevo, Zorge, Dubrovka, Panfilovskaya, and Sokolinaya Gora are scheduled to open by the end of the year, bringing the number of interchange points with the metro to 14.