High-speed trains and convenient transfers: more advantages for MCD-1 passengers
The first Moscow Central Diameter, Belorussko-Savelovsky, to link Odintsovo and Lobnya, will be opened in late 2019 — early 2020. Read in mos.ru article about its advantages for Moscow residents and how transport infrastructure of the capital is to change after its launch
Moscow Central Diameters (MCD) will link railway radial directions connecting Moscow with the region. They will become a kind of new above-ground metro. Residents of Moscow region and dozens of Moscow districts will get to the city centre faster now, and will have new comfortable transfers to the metro stations and the Moscow Central Circle (MCC).
MCD-1 Belorussko-Savelovsky (Oditsovo — Lobnya) is expected to open in late 2019 — early 2020. At the same time, trains will run on MCD-2 Kursko — Rizhsky (Nakhabino — Podolsk) diameter. In the future, there will be other diameters, in particular, routes that will link Zelenograd and Ramenskoye, Aprelevka and Zheleznodorozhny, as well as Pushkino and Domodedovo.
Transfers to metro, MCD and the railroad
MCD-1 will be based on Belorussian and Savelovsky Moscow railway directions. They are already well integrated into the urban transport system, with the commuter trains running there being in demand among passengers. But they are few. During the day, trains run with several hours interval.
The first diameter will be 52 km long, with 28 stops arranged. 12 of them will offer transfers to the metro, including Big Circle Line stations, and the Moscow Central Circle, as well as to railway radial directions. A trip between commuter endpoints will take 1 hour and 20 minutes.
MCD-1 Belorussko-Savelovsky (Odintsovo — Lobnya) will run according to the same schedule as the metro, 05:30 am till 01:00 am.
Moscow Central Diameter will introduce a unified ticket system, services and navigation already available in the metro and on the Moscow Central Circle. Pay fare for trips using your bank card or smartphone. Platform turnstiles have terminals to pay with Troika travel card. Pay fare with Troika card on MCC, on surface transport, commuter and Aeroexpress trains. In addition, you can use cards with PayPass and PayWave, and smartphones with Android Pay, Apple Pay and Samsung Pay to pay your fare.
Park-and-ride facilities, reconstruction of stations and landscaping
Experts now work on upgrading the endpoints in Lobnya and Odintsovo, and reconstruct the existing platforms: Bakovka, Novodachnaya, Dolgoprudnaya, and Setun. By the way, Setun station and adjacent Rabochy Posyolok station are located in Mozhaisky district, where there is no metro and MCC stations within walking distance. Therefore, the MCD-1 will become a full-fledged above-ground metro. New platforms are also being built: at the end of May, Skolkovo Innovation Centre railway station was opened.
All stopping points that will be part of the MCD-1 Belorussko-Savelovsky (Odintsovo — Lobnya) meet modern standards of passenger service. They will have weather modules, dynamic screens, warning and navigation system installed. In addition, experts will reorganize contact network and engineering communication lines, with the surrounding area landscaped and improved.
Park-and-ride facilities are expected to be arranged near the first two stations of the Moscow Central Diameter. It is about the work that is carried out within the Moscow borders. It will provide over 4,600 parking spaces. So, as for MCD-1, Kuntsevo, Fili, Timiryazevskaya, Degunino, Beskudnikovo, Lianozovo, Mark and other endpoints will have parking areas.
On Ivolga along Moscow
New Ivolga trains will run on MCD-1. They can reach speeds of up to 120 kmh. At the same time, transport is adapted for frequent stops.
These trains were designed in Russia. Trains produced by Tver Carriage Plant boast pneumatic suspension technology providing smooth running, reduced noise and vibration. Ivolga trains' hand rails have warm-touch coatings. Passengers sit facing each other, with luggage racks mounted above them.
The trains will maintain a comfortable microclimate, also featuring an air-filtration system. In addition, they have bicycle racks, Wi Fi hotspots and USB outlets for charging mobile devices.
Ivolga trains will have media screens providing updates on changing public-transit schedules, information on the MCC and other transport systems, weather forecasts, city-event schedules and current events. Four media screens will be installed inside each carriage.
Trains boast a large number of seats, including those equipped for passengers with limited mobility. Six-carriage Ivolga trains also have 56 security cameras mounted to provide safety, 8 cameras for each carriage. The same amount of cameras will be installed outside the train to control passengers' boarding and monitor the train's safety. Video records from cameras will be transmitted online to the control panel in the driver's cabin, so that he could quickly respond to the situation if necessary. Data may also be shared with law enforcement officials upon request.
In addition, each Ivolga train on the MCD-1 will have security officers aboard for passengers to feel comfortable and safe on the train 24/7 and to prevent vandalism and keep the carriages clean.
The carriage's interior is available for viewing in the demonstration pavilion dedicated to the Moscow Central Diameters, open to visitors daily from 09:00 am till 09:00 pm on Kievsky Railway Station Square. Tours are free. You are allowed to get inside the carriage and in driver's cabin, and even drive along the route of the first diameter with a VR headset on.
In addition, pavilion has interactive panels installed, to lay the best routes around the city after diameters launch. The device displays the time passengers save using the new mode of transport, and stations with transfers to metro or MCC.