Mosgortrans turns 60: What Moscow’s public transit is like

Mosgortrans turns 60: What Moscow’s public transit is like
For passengers’ convenience, turnstiles will disappear on all surface transit vehicles by 1 September.

The daily number of trips on surface public transit has reached about 6.5 million. Buses, trams and trolleybuses owe their popularity to better comfort. Mosgortrans (Moscow City Transport Authority) marks its 60th anniversary this year.

“I assure you that the Moscow Government will only accelerate the pace of updating the fleet and replacing old passenger infrastructure with new stops, navigation systems and services,” said Deputy Moscow Mayor and Head of the Department of Transport and Road Infrastructure Maxim Liksutov.

By 1 September, for the convenience of passengers, turnstiles will be removed on all surface public transit vehicles, allowing boarding through all doors. The measure will reduce travel time by 5-15 minutes on average. Another time saver is designated transit lanes for buses, trolleys and taxis. Since 2010, Moscow has gained 265 km of transit lanes.

In addition, Mosgortrans operates one of Europe’s most advanced bus fleets. The average age of a Moscow bus is no more than five years.

“Today we boast the youngest bus fleet. In six-eighteen months, we will also have the youngest tram fleet. Besides that, we plan to put into service 300 electric buses annually,” noted Mosgortrans General Director Leonid Antonov.

The first electric buses will hit Moscow streets on 1 September. They will offer low floors without any height difference, USB ports for charging electronic devices, climate control and satellite navigation systems, and surveillance cameras.