The Moscow Metro has begun testing Moskva-2019 trains, a modified version of the new Moskva trains that have been carrying passengers since 2017. There are plans to put into service 45 new trains before the year is out.
The metro has already received the first Moskva-2019 train which is being test-run without passengers. Specialists from the manufacturer and the National Research Institute of Railway Hygiene are involved in the tests.
They are checking the train’s electrodynamic braking system that gradually reduces its speed before it stops completely at the platform. Earlier versions also used this system but only stopped completely when the wheel brakes were applied. The new braking system will stop the trains even more smoothly.
The new trains feature larger HD screens showing the names of stations on the various lines where they operate.
Moskva-2019 trains also have hexagonal railings mounted on the carriage ceilings and near the doors. They don’t take up much space and make things more comfortable for people standing near the doors preparing to exit. Train seats are covered with soft fabric upholstery. The new trains also feature new floor and wall finishes.
“The latest Moskva-2019 trains will take on passengers after testing. Today, we are selecting the metro lines where these innovative trains will operate,” said Deputy Moscow Mayor and Head of the City Department of Transport and Road Infrastructure Development Maxim Liksutov.
The request for proposal (RFP) regarding the upgraded Moskva-2020 train model, due to start operating in the future, is currently being finalised.
In 2017, the first Moskva trains appeared on the metro’s most congested line, the Tagansko-Krasnopresnenskaya Line (No. 7) that carries 1.2 million people daily. They also started running along the Kaluzhsko-Rizhskaya Line (No. 6) in the spring of 2018.
All Moskva trains have gangway carriage connections and are adapted to people with disabilities. They feature wider door openings, and their head-end carriages accommodate wheelchairs. Additionally, it is possible to recharge smartphones and tablet computers with the USB ports, and wall-mounted touchscreens help find the desired stations, plan routes and calculate how long it will take to reach them. The more capacious Moskva trains have soundproofing and new heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) systems.
The metro currently operates 105 new Moskva trains on Tagansko-Krasnopresnenskaya, Kaluzhsko-Rizhskaya, Filyovskaya (No. 4), Solntsevskaya (No. 8A) and Big Circle (No. 11) lines. And 66 more trains will start carrying metro passengers later this year.