City metro launches 63 new-generation Moskva trains

City metro launches 63 new-generation Moskva trains
The Moscow Metro has received 63 innovative trains since early 2018, almost 100 percent more than during 2017. Four of them are to start operating soon on the Big Circle Line (No. 11) and the Solntsevskaya Line (No. 8A). Until then, the new Moskva trains carry passengers only on the metro’s Tagansko-Krasnopresnenskaya (No. 7), Kaluzhsko-Rizhskaya (No. 6) and Filyovskaya (No. 4) lines.

Today, the Moscow Metro operates 92 new-generation Moskva trains, including three which started operating in early December. They carry passengers on the Tagansko-Krasnopresnenskaya, Kaluzhsko-Rizhskaya and Filyovskaya lines.

The Solntsevo electric train maintenance facility now accommodates four Moskva trains, with drivers learning how to operate them. These trains will shortly start carrying passengers on the Solntsevskaya and Big Circle lines, ahead of the opening of the Savyolovskaya station on the Big Circle line.

“The Moscow metro has received 63 Moskva trains during 2018, 100 percent more than in 2017, and other trains will arrive next year, as well,” Deputy Moscow Mayor and Head of the City Department of Transport and Road Infrastructure Development Maxim Liksutov said.

Last year, the first Moskva trains started running on the most congested Tagansko-Krasnopresnenskaya Line that handles 1.2 million passengers daily. This past spring, they were also introduced on the Kaluzhsko-Rizhskaya Line.

All walk-through carriages have gangway connections providing easy access for people with disabilities. They have wider doorways, and the front carriages have special wheelchair racks. Additionally, passengers can recharge their smartphones and tablet computers using USB outlets, and wall-mounted touchscreens help them find the required stations, plot routes and calculate trip durations. The new trains seat 15 percent more passengers. Additional seats, improved ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) systems, better sound-proofing and other advantages provide for more comfortable trips.

The upgraded trains, adapted to open-air sections of the railway, have been plying the Filyovskaya Line since July; seven of the line’s 13 stations are located on the surface. Some seats inside the front carriages face the windows, providing excellent views.

Bright media screens have replaced ordinary navigation panels above the doors, providing information that can be seen even in broad daylight. The upgraded trains feature buttons for opening the doors whenever necessary. This helps keep the carriages cool in summer and warm in winter. A modern HVAC system maintains a comfortable microclimate.

One of the carriages in the middle of the train has folding seats, allowing more passengers to fit into the train. The leather upholstery formerly used for the seats has been replaced with fabric. According to experts from the City Department of Transport and Road Infrastructure Development, passengers find fabric upholstery more comfortable.