About 240,000 passengers have used the tram routes in Tverskaya Zastava since their launch a week and a half ago, Sergei Sobyanin wrote on his VKontakte page.
Vityaz-M low-floor trams started running as far as Tverskaya Zastava Square on 9 September, City Day. They come every three to four minutes. The new trams have no turnstiles; riders can pay with the help of a validator located near the door.
Every carriage can accommodate up to 260 people and has 60 seats. Carriages are equipped with satellite navigation and security cameras. The climate control system operates both in the passenger compartment and the driver’s cab.
Tram tracks appeared in Tverskaya Zastava under the My Street improvement programme. Trams ran along Lesnaya Street before the renovation as well, but they did not reach the Belorussky railway station and the tracks hit a dead-end siding. This year they were dismantled, and the line was extended to Tverskaya Zastava Square. A tram stop with a shelter for passengers to get on and off has been set up there.