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Commuter Trains Coming Soon to Moscow

Posted: Feb. 4th, 2013  |  By Michael Pearse
Train Politicking
Aleksey Nikolskyi/RIA Novosti

As of now, Moscow metro comprises 12 lines with a total length of over 300 kilometers. In 2013 another 14 kilometers are expected to be built. Before 2020, Moscow wishes to commission another 150 Kilometers, which will require over a trillion rubles of investment.

Moscow authorities have started implementing jointly with the Russian Railways a program to build 240 kilometers of new railway lines for commuter trains in the next 7 to 8 years to complement the city’s metro, Mayor Sergei Sobyanin told President Vladimir Putin on Monday.

“In fact this is going to be a second metro, which will run on the surface,” Sobyanin said at a meeting dedicated to the development of city transportation.

The Russian government approved in December 2012 a state program to develop the country’s transportation system including railway lines in Moscow and in the Moscow region, putting aside for the purpose 17.6 billion rubles annually between 2015 and 2020.


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