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Moscow Mayor suggests extending transport development programme until 2020

The state programme Transport Infrastructure Development 2012-2016 was extended until 2020. The 2012-2020 programme will cost 4.4 trillion roubles to implement, with 2.9 trillion to come from the city budget. This money will be used to build new metro stations and tracks, motor roads and railway tracks, and to implement a number of other programmes, including parking capacity enhancement, interchange hub construction, and bike infrastructure expansion.

The federal budget will allocate 178,300 billion roubles, and another 1.4 trillion roubles will be contributed by private investors.

The amended programme is designed to improve the quality of transit services and their accessibility, transport infrastructure security, and to minimise their environmental impact.

“Transport problems remain the focal point. It is for this reason, as you may remember, that we approved a transport development strategy in 2011 and have consistently tackled these issues ever since,” the Moscow Mayor said. According to Mr Sobyanin, nearly 25 kilometres of new metro tracks have been built since 2011. Moscow’s main carrier, Mosgortrans, has replaced almost all of its rolling stock and the metro has been receiving new modern trains.

At the same time, much work is still ahead despite the first signs of improvement in the transport situation. Specifically, the city will have to build another 130 kilometres of metro tracks, overhaul or build about 400 kilometres of motor roads and launch service on the Moscow Belt Railway.

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