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NEWS / 04.02.2009


The crisis drove passengers out from the subway

Over the past few months passenger carriage of Moscow Metro decreased by 200 thousand people, said Dmitry Gayev, the head of the Moscow Metro. The subway of Russian Capital carries about 9.5 million passengers daily.
«Lately we have seen a remarkable trend: we have fewer passengers. The level of passenger transportation over the past three months decreased by 200 thousand people. Apparently, the crisis affects», - Gayev said. According to him, «people went out of Moscow, probably, the workers who worked at city facilities».
But the head of Moscow Metro believes that «this is a temporary situation». «Sooner or later they will return», - he said. Also Gayev said that «the only way to improve the comfort and reliability is to develope the subway network».
«By the end of the year five new stations will be opened. They are: «Myakinino», «Volokolamskaya», « Mitino», «Maryina Roscha», «Dostoevskaya» - the head of Moscow Metro recalled.
In addition, he said, the stations and tunnels, which are scheduled to be opened in 2010-2011 are now in active construction. They are: «Novokosino», «Shipilovskaya», «Zyablikovo», «Borisovo». Now the Moscow Metro has 177 stations in total.
«Before 2015, we plan to build approximately 65-69 kilometers of lines», - Gayev added. Now the length of the Moscow Metro lines is more than 290 kilometers, RIA «News» reports.
Source: www.vz.ru