Number of metro service disruptions reduced by 30 percent in 2017

Number of metro service disruptions reduced by 30 percent in 2017
Photo: Photo by the Mayor and Moscow Government Press Service. Denis Grishkin
The number of train delays on the metro was significantly reduced compared to the previous year.

In 2017, the number of metro service disruptions decreased by over 30 percent thanks to more comprehensive track maintenance work.

“In the first ten weeks of 2017, only 23 delays were recorded on the metro, while in the same period in 2016, there were 35 delays. Thus, the number of incidents was reduced by over 34 percent,” said Deputy Mayor, Head of the Department of Transport and Road Infrastructure Development Maxim Liksutov.

The Moscow Metro is one of the most reliable transit systems in the world. It is comparable to the Paris Metro in terms of total route length, but the number of disruptions in Moscow’s system is ten times lower. At the same time, the Moscow Metro ranks first in train frequency during peak hours.

Since 2010, Moscow has improved the security and reliability of its metro. The extended track maintenance windows allow more time to maintain the tracks more quickly. The service windows are used to replace worn rail, repair sleepers (ties) and clean the carriages. Maintenance windows are only on Sundays when ridership is the lowest. This year, there will be 13 all-day maintenance windows; six will take place on the Filyovskaya Line (Light Blue Line) between the Kiyevskaya and Kuntsevskaya stations.

The metro is also replacing old trains with new-generation trains. The 765 series “Moscow” carriages are currently being tested. The new walk-through carriages feature wide doorframes, heated handrails, sensor monitors and interactive maps. The trains will accommodate up to 2,000 people, 15 percent more than the old ones. The new trains will initially enter service in April on the most heavily traveled line, Tagansko-Krasnopresnenskaya; 768 new carriages will be in service before 2020.