Moscow has opened new interchange hub - hub construction program: next step done

Moscow has opened new transfer hub “Severyanin-Rostokino”. It will provide a comfortable interchange from the North-East direction (heading to Yaroslavl) for MCC.

Moscow authorities consider the North-East direction as one of the most important railway routes. A quarter of suburban commuters’ passengers from many Moscow satellite towns, travel by trains running in this direction. Currently this direction is suffering from excessive passenger load. Integration with MCC will give an opportunity to people living along the railways to use MCC.

“MCC’s headways are expected to be reduce from 5 to 4 minutes. It would be a milestone event for the entire city”, - promised Mr. Sobyanin, Moscow Mayor.

Oleg Belozerov, Chief Executive Officer – Chairman of the Executive Board of Russian Railways, informed about preparations to launch driverless trains on MCC. “Next year, Russian Railways and the Ministry of Transport will have to prepare legislative basis. Recently we have finished of driverless MCC trains tests (without passengers on board). We plan to launch driverless trains in 2021 to increase the operational reliability and passengers safety after all legislative documents will be ready”, - committed Mr Belozerov.

Transfer hub “Severyanin-Rostokino” is a step toward the integration of MCC (Moscow Central Circle) and radial rail directions. The goal is to reduce the distance between MCC and suburban platforms – now passengers can make an interchange within 3 minutes instead of 15 minutes. This was achieved through moving suburban train stop southward by 1.1 km.

Three platforms were equipped with sheds protecting passengers from rain and sunlight. Commuters interchange through the pedestrian underpass in the south hall of station “Severyanin” equipped with turnstiles, ticket offices and exits to “Rostokino” MCC station and Severyaninsky Drive.

The unique technology allowed to carry out the construction works on pedestrian underpass without the suspension of the service on North-East direction known as the fastest direction in Europe.

The tunnel sections of 9.5 m were made of reinforced concrete on the construction site and pushed them through under the tracks. Next, the ground was excavated. The same practice was used to build a tunnel section of 26 m.

The north exit leads to Severyaninsky Drive, Mira Avenue, shopping malls and rail overpasses. Both halls are equipped with escalators and lifts.

The daily station passenger flow is estimated at 18,000: 8,000 passengers are commuters from Moscow satellite towns and 10,000 - from Moscow districts, while the daily ridership of the North-East direction is 340,000 passengers.

“The transfer hub’s daily passenger flow is expected to increase up to 34,000 by 2022”, - commented Maksim Liksutov, Deputy Mayor of Moscow in the Government of Moscow – Head of the Moscow Department of Transport and Road Infrastructure Development.

The transfer hub is expected to decrease the passenger load on the Yaroslavsky Rail Road Terminal by 8% and on Komsomolskaya metro station by 5%.

The construction works had started at the end of 2016 and finished September 2019.

The development of the road infrastructure will improve the service of surface public system near the transfer hub, which is passed by buses, electric buses and light rail.


Moscow continues reconstruction works at 11 rail stations of the direction. 85% of planned works have been completed; the rest will be finished by the end of 2019.

The development of the North-East direction will allow to:

— increase the train passenger capacity by 150,000 seats;

— increase daily train pairs from 217 to 251 by 2020;

— reduce train headways;               

— improve the quality of transport service for the citizens living in the districts near the North-East direction;

— decrease the passenger load on the North-East highway and road network;

—prepare the launch of MCD-5 (Pushkino — Domodedovo).


For your information:

Moscow Central Circle: tree years of successful operation

Passenger service on Moscow Central Circle was launched on September 10, 2016. MCC was the first project to integrate the suburban railroad in the urban public transport system in Russia.

The total length of MCC is 54 km. It circulates around 26 districts of the capital, where 2 million people live. In 6 districts of Moscow, citizens have MCC station within a walking distance.

MCC has 31 stations with 23 interchanges to metro stations and 10 interchanges to 9 suburban railroads as well as to surface public transport.

Within 3 years, MCC has carried over 360 million passengers, including 95 million passengers in 2019.

The popularity of MCC is constantly growing. The average daily ridership exceeds 500,000 passengers. It is 75% more comparing to the daily ridership of 2016. In 2019, we set a record – on April 3 MCC trains transported 561,000 passengers.

By July 2019, Ploschad Gagarina, Kutuzovskaya, Botanichesky Sad have become the most popular MCC stations with average daily ridership of 44,000 passengers, 28,800 passengers and 27,100 passengers respectively.

The popularity of MCC is due to the unified fare system, integration in the public transport system, reduction of headways and comfortable travel conditions.

In 2016, MCC provided over 300 travel solutions, with bus stops popping up near the stations.

Since 2016 the Government of Moscow and Russian Railways have integrated MCC in the railroad suburban system in 8 directions. The integration will be finished by the end of 2019.

The number of “Lastochka” trains operating on MCC has increased from 33 to 41. These trains are equipped with sockets, climate control system and washrooms with nappy changing tables. The headway has decreased from 5 to 4 minutes.

On major events, the operational hours of MCC are usually extended till 02:00 or 03:00 a.m. On City Day and New Year’s Eve, MCC works 24/7.

MCC is fully accessible for passengers with reduced mobility, there are 66 elevators, 19 lifting platforms and over 120 escalators as well as ramps, tactile tile, wide doors and turnstiles with wide passages. The Passenger Mobility Center provides travel assistance to passengers with reduced mobility both on MCC and in metro.

MCC has implemented innovative passenger services, including contactless payment system at turnstiles. MCC passengers can also use bank card, the Troika card or smartphone supporting Samsung Pay of Apple Pay to pay for the journey. Over 200,000 passengers used this technology by July 2019.


Development of rail transport

Since 2011 the Government of Moscow, the Ministry of Transport, the Government of the Region of Moscow and Russian Railways have developed the suburban railroad system. Its goal is to improve the quality of passengers’ travel experience. 157 km of tracks and three new platforms were built by January 2019.

In 2016, the launch of MCC enhanced dramatically the Moscow suburban railroad system. Adapting the circular rail line for passenger service required the installment of 5,000 support bearing units and catenary system of 400 km. Also, three current power supply stations were modified while two additional substations were built. Besides that, 108 km of continuous welded rails were laid, and 36 engineering constructions were built.

The further stage of the suburban railroad system development is the Moscow Central Diameters project. The first two lines, D1 and D2, are to be launched by December 2019. D1 will include 52 km, with 24 platforms, while D2 – 80 km, with 32 platforms. D1 and D2 will have interchanges to Moscow Metro and MCC.