By 2021, only new-generation Moskva trains will operate on the Kaluzhsko-Rizhskaya Line of the Moscow Metro, Mayor Sergei Sobyanin wrote on his Twitter account.
As of now, 80 such trains are servicing passengers. They are 15 percent more spacious than the usual trains and offer a more comfortable ride due to an improved AC system and reinforced soundproofing. These trains are also comfortable for people with low mobility: they have wider doorways, and lead carriages have special places for wheelchairs.
The Moskva trains have an open-gangway design, that is, open pathways connecting all the carriages so passengers can move freely throughout the train. Passengers can use wall-mounted touchscreens to find a station, plan a route or calculate how long it will take to get from point A to B, and charge their mobile devices in USB ports.
The new trains have been purchased under state contracts, with the manufacturer providing maintenance during their entire 30-year service life.
The very first Moskva train was launched on 14 April 2017 on the Tagansko-Krasnopresnenskaya Line.