In just five days of free travel on the Bolshaya Koltsevaya Line (BKL) of the metropolitan metro, Muscovites made more than 4 million trips. This was announced on March 6 by the mayor of the city Sergei Sobyanin.
IN Telegram channel the mayor published the first results of the work of the LCL. In particular, Tekstilshchiki, Sokolniki, and Kashirskaya became the most popular stations in the new section of the Big Circle Line in the first five days.
“Passenger traffic at the BKL stations, which worked before, increased by 45%,” Sobyanin wrote.
He also noted that after the closing of the ring, the passenger traffic at some stations increased more than three times, among them – Nizhegorodskaya, Aviamotornaya, Elektrozavodskaya.
“Now citizens save up to 45 minutes a day, also because many people no longer need to travel through the city center,” the Moscow Mayor added.
The LCL was launched on March 1, the start of the movement via video link was given by Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Nine new BCL stations were put into operation: Maryina Roshcha, Rizhskaya, Sokolniki, Tekstilshchiki, Pechatniki, Nagatinsky Zaton, Klenovy Bulvar, Kashirskaya and Varshavskaya. For the first five days, travel on the Big Circle Line was free.
The construction of the BCL has become the largest in Russia and one of the largest metro construction projects in the world. Specialists built 70 km of lines, 31 stations and three electric depots.
Sobyanin noted on March 1 that the costs of building the Big Circle Line of the Moscow Metro had already paid off.
In October 2022, Alexei Bochkarev, Deputy Mayor of the Moscow City for Urban Planning Policy and Construction, said that the opening of all stations of the Big Circle Line would reduce traffic congestion in Moscow by 10-15%.
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