A transport hub with light coloured shelters, arrival monitors, Wi-Fi and USB device charging points has been created on Slavyanskaya Square as part of the Magistral programme, with easy bus access for seniors, people with disabilities and passengers with prams.
There are taxi stops and a bike-share station nearby. Surface crossings have appeared all around the square for easier access to other routes. All transport facilities are built in a uniform architectural style.
A car-free zone has been created all around the transport hub. Also, this year, dedicated bus lanes will be introduced on all city streets leading to Kitai-Gorod.
There is also a new navigation system on Slavyanskaya Square: for the first time all stops have been given numbers, so it will be easier for riders to choose between the many bus routes. Hub plans, network maps and navigation signs at the metro entrances will also make the search for the desired bus easier.
Now it is possible to get from Kitai-Gorod to any point in the city centre in 20 minutes on a bus: 12 daytime and seven night schedule buses depart from Slavyanskaya Square. Experts believe ridership will soon increase by 55 percent: from 130,000 to 200,000 people per day. In addition, the new hub will become a main gateway to Zaryadye Park and part of a single pedestrian walk from the park to the Polytechnic Museum.
The second stage of the Magistral bus system was launched on 7 October, with 58 new bus stops in the city centre and the nearby districts. Also, two new high-frequency routes have started running in Moscow: 144k and M27.