The second stage of the Magistral bus system is complete in Moscow, according to Alina Bisembayeva, Deputy Head of the Department of Transport and Road Infrastructure Development.
“Today we are opening additional designated lanes and create an infrastructure more convenient for passengers,” she said.
A total of 58 new bus stops have been added in the centre and in adjacent districts. Also, large transit change points are now located on Slavyanskaya, Lubyanskaya, Tverskaya Zastava and other squares.
Two more high-frequency routes are now available. One, route 144K, runs along Leninsky Prospekt and the other, M27, now connects Novy Arbat and Kutuzovsky Prospekt with the Tagansky district and Ryazansky Prospekt.
There are now seven more designated bus lanes that run through, respectively, Tvesrkaya Zastava, Lubyanskaya and Borovitskaya squares, Sadovnichesky Proyezd, Bolshaya Lubyanka, Sretenka and Prechistenka streets – all renovated under the My Street programme.
Priority road access for public transit should mitigate delays and disruptions.
Thanks to the changes, Magistral’s passenger numbers will increase by 25 percent. “We expect the number of passengers to increase by at least 25 percent, both based on last year’s statistics and generally due to the buses becoming more convenient. We hope it will attract more people to use it,” Alina Bisembayeva commented.
The Magistral surface transport system was first launched in October last year. It includes 17 high-frequency routes, 15 local routes and seven specialised (social) routes. Routes in the first category are the longest and connect several districts in Moscow with the centre and with each other. The second type is shorter and connects districts in and around the centre. The third type runs past My Documents offices, outpatient clinics and other social facilities.
Buses and trams now run every five to seven minutes. This has increased ridership by one third. Some 500,000 people use the Magistral system each day.