First Moskva metro trains to start running in mid-April

First Moskva metro trains to start running in mid-April
Soon six upgraded trains with open-end carriages and USB plugs for charging mobile devices will start running on the Tagansko-Krasnopresnenskaya Line.

The first six new-generation Moskva trains will start running on the metro’s Tagansko-Krasnopresnenskaya Line beginning in mid-April. Passengers are likely to appreciate comfortable and quiet trains with open-end carriages, wide main doors and charging spots for mobile devices.

“The first trains will run on the Tagansko-Krasnopresnenskaya Line, which is one of the Moscow Metro’s most crowded lines,” said Maxim Liksutov, Deputy Mayor and Head of the Department of Transport and Road Infrastructure Development. “On weekdays, the average number of passengers riding this line is near 1.2 million, or 50 percent more than on the Circle Line.”  

City residents chose the name for the new train, Moskva, by a vote on the website and the Active Citizen project.

The new trains, which have 15 percent more space than the old ones, will carry up to 2,000 passengers seated and standing. There are no locked doors in between the carriages and the main doors are wider and outfitted with indicator lights and sounds. The number of handrails on new trains is up 30 percent and there are even designated spots to accommodate passengers in wheelchairs.

The new carriages have good sound and heat insulation, air conditioning and air disinfection, as well as LED-lamps, which are twice as energy-efficient as usual lamps. Modern video surveillance cameras will transmit images to the situation centre. Touchpads and interactive maps will help passengers find stations they need, take the most convenient route and estimate travelling times to a particular location. Passengers will also be able to charge their mobile devices using USB plugs on the train.

Each Moskva train will have eight carriages. There are plans to have about 24 new trains with a total of 192 carriages running on the Tagansko-Krasnopresnenskaya Line by the end of 2017. In all, the Moscow Metro will deliver 96 new-generation trains by 2020.