In early 2018, the metro opened a section of the Lyublinsko-Dmitrovskaya Line between the Petrovsko-Razumovskaya and Seligerskaya stations. At long last, people living along Dmitrovskoye Motorway can easily access the metro. It took the city only a few years to build this metro line in a somewhat “rundown” area that did not favour such projects. For example, a 1957 map of the Moscow Metro featured the Beskudnikovo Line that failed to materialise for a long time. In the past seven years, metro lines have reached into the Novokosino, Khovrino, Ramenki, Brateyevo, Orekhovo-Borisovo, Troparyovo and other city districts. And this is only part of an ambitious metro expansion programme, adopted in 2012.
Today, it is much easier to reach the Troitsky and Novomoskovsky administrative areas than before. Roads and interchanges are being built; railway and surface transit continues to expand. Metro projects rank among the most important decisions to make the newly incorporated areas more accessible.
It doesn’t hurt to try
These administrative areas had no metro stations prior to incorporation. The first station called Rumyantsevo was only built here in 2016 after the city extended the Sokolnicheskaya Line (Red Line, No. 1). The new station reduced congestion at Yugo-Zapadnaya station, the former terminus, by 33 percent. Rumyantsevo also became the first two-level station with the ticket office and other administrative facilities were located above the platform. This made it possible to save space and to reduce the size of the construction pit.
Salaryevo became the 200th metro station in the city, handling 36,000 riders daily since its inception. And passenger traffic continues to increase. The station’s maximum daily capacity is an estimated 120,000 riders.
Take it easy
The Sokolnicheskaya Line will soon be extended by four more stations, including Filatov Lug, Prokshino, Olkhovaya and Stolbovo. This new 12-kilometre section will run from Salaryevo to Kommunarka, mostly underground. The first surface station, Filatov Lug, is near the Filatov Lug gardeners’ non-commercial partnership and Solntsevo-Butovo-Vidnoye Motorway. Prokshino is at this motorway’s intersection with the planned Mamyri-Penino-Sharapovo road.
The underground Olkhovaya station will be built in the central section of the Kommunarka administrative-business centre. Stolbovaya station, the line’s terminus is also being built underground at the intersection of Solntsevo-Butovo-Vidnoye Motorway with another main road to Ostafyevo Airport.
The Sokolnicheskaya Line will later receive the Novomoskovskaya station, stretching towards Yuzhnoye Butovo. The construction site has already been selected, and urban development plans will be ready within 12 months. It will take five-six years to complete the station.
Take a metro train to the airport
The metro’s Kalininsko-Solntsevskaya Line (No. 8A) will soon reach into the Troitsky and Novomoskovsky administrative areas. A 13.4-kilometre section between Ramenki and Rasskazovka has already been tested this past June.
About 600,000 people in the Solntsevo, Novo-Peredelkino, the Vnukovskoye and Moskovsky municipal districts, will receive metro stations in their neighbourhoods. They will no longer have to drive to central Moscow or use other metro lines or many interchanges.
Rasskazovka, the line’s shallow-level terminus, is in the Vnukovskoye rural district at the Borovskoye Motorway-Fedosyino Street intersection. Riders can access the platform via stairs or by lift. A major transit hub will built around it consisting of bus stops, a bus terminus and turnaround, parking for 278 vehicles, a taxi stand, as well as residential buildings, a kindergarten and a shopping mall. The line will later be extended by two more stations, reaching Vnukovo International Airport.
Building Line No. 16
The metro’s unfinished Line No. 16, due to reach Kommunarka sometime in the future, will run 19 kilometres from the Big Circle Line (No. 11) towards Stolbovo and will have seven stations. Stolbovo will thus turn into a major transit hub linking Sokolnicheskaya Line and new, Line No. 16. Urban development plans are currently being finalised, and a project contractor will soon be selected. There are also plans to extend the line from Stolbovo to Troitsk.
Peeking into 2035
By 2025, metro lines upto the Troitsky and Novomoskovsky administrative areas will be 38 kilometres long, and be 72 kilometres long by 2035 with 33 stations.
The city plans to build a fourth metro linefor the Troitsky and Novomoskovsky administrative areas. This line will link the Ryazanovskoye rural district with districts of the Southern Administrative Area, including Zapadnoye (Western) and Vostochnoye (Eastern) Biryulyovo and Nagatinsky Zaton.
Additional mainline capacity on the Moscow Railway’s Kiev Line, Kursk Line upgrades, new platforms, and the new Moscow Central Diametres (cross city railway) will also make it easier to reach the Troitsky and Novomoskovsky administrative areas.
They will form a system of routes linking the radial railway lines. Shorter service intervals will match those of the MCC with riders paying the same fares as in the metro.
This is only the beginning
Since 2011, the city has opened 66.6 kilometres of new metro lines with 33 stations. In 2016, 31 stations opened along the 54-kilometre Moscow Central Circle (MCC) belt railway. A section of the metro’s Solntsevskaya Line (No. 8A) is to open soon between the Ramenki and Rasskazovka stations, with the finishing work being completed now. The first section of a new line between Kosino and Nekrasovka is also being completed.
The city is to open 58 more stations, with 135.5 kilometres of tracks, by 2023. The Big Circle Line, which will transform the entire metro system, is seen as the most ambitious project. Riders will receive additional travel options, and peak hour loads will also decrease.
There are also plans to extend the Sokolnicheskaya and Zamoskvoretskaya lines, to link the Kalininskaya and Solntsevskaya lines with and through new stations and to open the new Nekrasovskaya Line (No. 15). About 95 percent of city residents will be able to access metro stations in their immediate neighbourhoods.