Plans of Moscow metro expansion on agenda of city govt

MOSCOW, March 10 (Itar-Tass) – The Moscow city government has outlined the priorities in Moscow metro construction under crisis conditions at its meeting on Tuesday. Chief of Moscow metro Dmitry Gayev emphasized the importance of outlining strategic directions of metro construction and warned against going back to the practice of “dolgostroi” in the 1980s and 1990s when construction projects were procrastinated for dozens of years. 

“The metro construction planning is optimal and has a necessary character for the following four years,” Gayev stressed.

The construction of the 3rd metro-commuter line contour with the transfer to Kozhukhovo- Lyubertsy- Nekrasovka line is one the priorities, Gayev said. It will be an independent transport system connected with the existing one, Gayev said.

At present, 72 percent of passengers have to change from one metro line to another. As a result almost seven out of nine million passengers who use metro every day go through 54 metro change junctions, doubling the overall passenger load on them. The construction of the 3rd metro-commuter contour will enable to lower the passenger load on change junctions by 20 percent, while the number of passengers who will use the 3rd metro- commuter contour might be more than 1. 5 million per day, Gayev said.

The construction of the 3rd metro commuter contour running through Moscow – City, Savelovsakay, Nizhegorodskaya will be launched in 2010- 2012, Gayev said.

The construction of these commuter lines will enable to considerably lower passenger load on the already existing metro lines and shorten time passengers need now to get to the city center from remote districts, such as Marjino, Zyablikovo, Krasnogvardeyskaya, Solntsevo, Novokosino, Mitino, Gayev said.

To lower metro construction costs standard metro station designs will be employed in the next two years, he said. Besides, the city government will cut the expenditures on decorations, which would enable to reduce the overall expenditures on metro construction by a million roubles, as a minimum, Gayev said.

The allocations to the development of the Moscow metro approved by the Moscow city government in its resolution Tuesday total 586.9 billion roubles, including 342 billion roubles envisaged in the Moscow city budget, and 247.6 billion roubles- in the federal budget, respectively.

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