Number of public transit trips rises by 60 mln in 2016

Number of public transit trips rises by 60 mln in 2016
One reason for the increase is the launch of the Moscow Central Circle. The MCC’s ridership grows by about 7 percent every week.

This year, public transit passengers have made 60 million trips more than in 2015.

“We take into account economically active citizens who pay for their travel, including those who enjoy reduced fares - schoolchildren and students,” Maxim Liksutov, Deputy Mayor and Head of the Department of Transport and Road Infrastructure Development, said.

The economically active riders rose due to the increased convenience of buses, the metro and commuter trains, as well as due to the launch of the MCR.

For instance, the Magistral routes were launched in the city’s centre. Buses run along dedicated lanes with minimal time intervals.

Every year, new metro stations open. The passenger flow on the MCR grows every week. According to Liksutov, it amounts to 300,000 people on weekdays and 160,000 on weekends. The number of passengers rose by about seven percent every week. In total, 15.4 million people have used the MCR since its launch in September.

According to Liksutov, the most popular MCR stations are Ploshchad Gagarina (25,800 weekday passengers on average), Vladykino (18,300 passengers), Botanichesky Sad (17,700 passengers), Luzhniki (15,500 passengers) and Kutuzovskaya (14,900 passengers).

In addition, the MCR helps make the Moscow Metro’s Circle Line less crowded. The greatest reduction in passengers (15 percent) was recorded on the Prospekt Mira – Komsomolskaya section. Also, the passenger flow fell by 11 percent on the Komsomolskaya – Kurskaya section and by 9.5 percent on the Belorusskaya – Novoslobodskaya section.

The MCR opened on 10 September, and the last station, Panfilovskaya, was put into operation on 8 November.

According to Liksutov, over 120,000 people have already used the recently opened Zorge, Koptevo and Panfilovskaya stations.