Passenger traffic on Magistral buses through the city centre increased 15 percent during the 2018 FIFA World Cup to about 500,000 passengers per day, up 60,000 compared to the same period last year.
“The popularity of the Magistral buses surged with the arrival of the football fans, here for the World Cup. The foreign visitors are used to public transit, and were quick to understand the convenience of the Magistral bus system. Tourists walking in the city centre opt for bus routes with minimal intervals at any time of day. These buses allow riders to reach the city centre without the interchanges they would have had on the metro or the Moscow Central Circle,” Deputy Mayor of Moscow, Head of the Department of Transport and Road Infrastructure Development Maxim Liksutov said.
Foreign tourists can use the bilingual Russian-English directional signage and maps provided at public transit stops, as well as city transit mobile apps for choosing the best route.
The Magistral surface transit system links the city centre, its major streets and remote neighbourhoods. Launched in 2016, the Magistral project currently consists of 46 routes with buses, trolleybuses and trams operating at five to seven minute intervals. Passenger traffic in the city centre has increased by one third since the start of the programme. The system offers new routes, designated transit lanes and street traffic modifications all creating a passenger-friendly experience.
The 2018 FIFA World Cup started on 14 June and will end on 15 July. An additional fan fest area was created for football fans on 7 July near Spartak Stadium.