Moscow, Russia (Urban Transport News): On December 7, 2021, Russian Federation President Vladimir Putin (via videoconferencing) and Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin opened a section of the Moscow Metro’s Big Circle line in the south and west of the city. This section includes the following stations: Terekhovo, Kuntsevskaya, Davydkovo, Aminyevskaya, Michurinsky Prospekt, Prospect Vernadskogo, Novotorskaya, Vorontsovskaya, Zyuzino and Kakhovskaya.
This launch is a huge event for the city. For the first time since 1935, 10 stations were opened simultaneously in Moscow. The new section will be more than 21 km long: it is the longest section in the history of the Moscow Metro introduced for passengers at the same time.
,The new stations of the Big Circle Line will certainly improve the transport accessibility of many districts to the west and south of Moscow for millions of people, travel will become faster, more convenient, radial metro lines will be relieved, the whole rhythm of city life in many ways. will change in We can say without exaggeration that the whole rhythm of city life will change”, said Vladimir Putin.
The 10 new BCL stations will improve transportation access for residents of the city’s 11 districts with 1.4 million residents. About 450 thousand people will have BCL stations near their homes. Thanks to the new metro section, commuters will save 35-45 minutes of travel time per day. Sections of radial lines inside the BCL will be freed up by 22%, interchange stations with the BCL will be freed up by 27-60% and roads along the BCL will be freed up by 17%.
“Today is a historic day for the city. The President of Russia and the Mayor of Moscow have launched the longest section of the Moscow Metro in one go in its entire history. Today, the Aminavskaya station of the future Moscow Central diameter 4, which is connected with the ring by an underground passage, was also opened”, said Maxim Liksutov, Deputy Mayor for Transport for Moscow.
New stations were built keeping in mind the needs of all the passengers. These stations are equipped with lifts and wheelchair platform lifts. BCL’s rolling stock will have only the most modern trains Moskva-2020. Such trains have a larger gate, a wider inter-car transition, as well as USB connectors in each seat, information displays and touch screens, and an automatic air disinfection system.
The Big Circle Line is the largest project implemented with the direct participation of the Mayor of Moscow. The full launch of BCL is planned by the end of 2022 – early 2023, the loop line will have 31 stations. The full launch of BCL will facilitate the movement of 3.3 million Moscow citizens living in 34 districts. BCL will be the longest metro loop line in the world. It has a length of 70 kilometers, which is 3.5 times longer than the current Line 5 (Circle Line) and a quarter longer than the Beijing Loop Line (Line 10) – by far the global leader in length.
Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin recalled that the Big Circle Line is an important project for the development of the country’s central transport hub. Today, about 60 percent of all Russian travelers pass through the capital. BCL will be able to connect all passenger routes.
“It will be possible to change from BCL to 44 different directions. These are suburban railway, MCC and MCD, and radial metro directions. In other words, this is a really important project, which together with the MCC is, in fact, a new supporting structure of the entire transport system of Moscow and the Moscow Transport Hub. He is the hardest and most demanding, ”said the mayor of Moscow.
He also said that the project is very difficult as a new underground city has been built and is being built under Moscow. In total, the Moscow Metro will build 150 kilometers of tunnels.