Last year, the number of passengers on public transit across Russia totalled 18.7 billion people. “This means that every person in Russia uses public transit 130 times per year on average,” President of Russia Vladimir Putin said at the State Council Presidium meeting on the comprehensive development of passenger transport. Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin took part in the meeting.
Millions of people spend a significant part of their lives on public transit, in buses, trolleybuses and the metro. “The number of passengers on public transit is no longer declining, as was the case in previous years. On the contrary, it is on the rise. Today, more than 70 percent of Moscow residents use public transit,” Sergei Sobyanin said.
According to Mr Sobyanin, modern transport is essential for urban development. “It is for this reason that Moscow invests heavily in transport infrastructure: the metro, commuter rail that we develop in cooperation with Russian Railways and our colleagues from the Moscow Region, and fleet upgrades,” The Mayor added.
Taxi service is also developing in the capital. In the last few years, the number of registered taxis increased eight-fold in Moscow. “About 100,000 taxi drivers work in Moscow alone. It can be said that the taxi market has now stabilised, and all the requirements taxi drivers have to comply with are clearly articulated in terms of colour schemes, technical specifications, the availability of GLONASS navigation, tracking systems, etc,” Mr Sobyanin said. He went on to say that a legal provision should be enacted to create an obligation for online taxi aggregators to work with registered taxi drivers only.
The key requirements and expectations regarding public transit include an extensive network of routes, reliability, safety and high-quality customer service, Vladimir Putin noted. Connecting every city and village with permanent routes calls for system-wide approaches and comprehensive efforts to develop regional passenger transport. “I propose implementing integrated plans for public transport services in all Russian regions, which will allow us to better organise the regional transport system, prioritise the development of certain types of transport and improve the efficiency of budget expenditures for these purposes,” the Russian President pointed out. Using technology that is more eco-friendly, and introducing new sources of energy is essential, he added.
The President of Russia visited Zavolzhye Industrial Park, where he saw cutting-edge transport technology, including electric buses that are to be introduced in Moscow, and the Moskva train, which serves the Tagansko-Krasnopresnenskaya Line of the Moscow metro. Mr Sobyanin said that Moscow intends to buy up to 550 cars of this class per year. The city also plans to acquire 300 electric buses, which will completely replace regular buses in the future.