The Active citizen project’s vote on the new name for Moscow Metro’s Third Interchange Circuit has recently ended in Moscow. Participants had to choose between the two most popular options, the working title Third Interchange Circuit and the new one, Big Circle Line.
Moscow residents were to choose between two options, the working title Third Interchange Circuit or the new name, Big Circle Line, which became the most popular name during previous voting.
The Big Circle Line became the most popular option, with 53.34 percent of citizens voting in favour of this name.
A total of 36.51 percent of Active citizens voted in favour of the working title, Third Interchange Circuit, while 10.15 percent preferred the experts to take this decision for them. A total of 165,670 people took part in the voting.
During the previous stage of the voting, which was held between 21 June and 4 December, over 315,000 people had cast their votes. During this stage, the Active citizens were to either vote in favour of the working title or suggest their own. Thus 21 percent of voters submitted a total of over 65,000 new names, making Big Circle Line one of the most popular suggestions. However, none of the new names received more than half of the total number of votes, as the rules of the vote demanded.
The first section of the Third Interchange Circuit, from Delovoi Tsentr to Petrovsky Park, is to be opened soon, while the construction of the line will be completed between 2020-2021. The new line will be 67 kilometres long and plus have 31 stations with a total of 21 interchanges to other metro lines and the Moscow Central Circle too.
The Third Interchange Circuit will solve an important strategic problem for the city: passengers will no longer have to travel to the city centre to change between the lines or type of transport, thus saving 20-30 minutes for more important activities. The new line’s expected passenger flow is likely to reach an estimated 380 million people every year.