Shosse Enthuziastov station on the Moscow Central Circle (MCR) railway is listed among the five busiest transit links, outpacing Ploshchad Gagarina station that provides a seamless connection with Leninsky Prospekt metro station. During the first 12 days of the MCR’s operation, Shosse Enthuziastov handled over 160,000 riders.
About 17,000 and 10,000 people use the station on weekdays and weekends, respectively.
“Riders can change from Shosse Enthuziastov station to a station with the same name on the metro’s Kalininskaya Line. Several major industrial enterprises, including the Micron Plant and the Moscow Electrode Plant are located nearby. Izmailovsky Park is also not far from the station,” sources at the Moscow Metro’s MCR press centre said.
The five transit links with the greatest passenger traffic volumes also include Baltiiskaya, Botanichesky Sad, Luzhniki and Kutuzovskaya stations. Over 200,000 people ride MCR trains each weekday. The following metro stations contribute about 80 percent of MCR passengers:
Baltiiskaya-Voikovskaya (Zamoskvoretskaya Line, surface interchange, about 12 minutes);
Botanichesky Sad-Botanichesky Sad (Kaluzhsko-Rizhskaya Line, surface interchange, about two minutes);
Luzhniki-Sportivnaya (Sokolnicheskaya Line, surface interchange, about two minutes);
Kutuzovskaya-Kutuzovskaya (Filyovskaya Line, heated indoor interchange).
According to MCR press centre officials, a new tram stop has been built near Shosse Enthuziastov station. This transport link currently handles the following buses, trolleybuses and trams:
- Buses Nos 36, 46, 83, 125, 141, 214, 254, 469, 659 and 702;
- Trolleybuses Nos 30 and 53;
- Trams Nos 8, 24, 34, 36 and 37.
Passenger trains started running along the MCR on 10 September. Riders can now board or exit at 26 MCR stations with six seamless commuter train and 12 metro connections. They can use five heated indoor interchanges at MCR’s Vladykino, Lokomotiv, Delovoi Tsentr, Kutuzovskaya and Ploshchad Gagarina stations. All 31 MCR stations are to open before the year is out, and the number of metro links will reach 14.
The now operational MCR has reduced congestion on the metro’s Circle and Serpukhovsko-Timiryazevskaya lines. Komsomolskaya and Kievskaya stations now handle five and seven percent less riders, while Park Kultury station has seen an 11-percent drop. Mendeleyevskaya station’s passenger traffic volumes are now down 15 percent. Peak-hour MCR train intervals are six minutes, with service every 11-15 minutes the rest of the day.