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July 17, 2018
Marat Khusnullin: Real Breakthrough in the Development of Moscow's Transport System Will Take Place Before 2023
July 17, 2018
Marat Khusnullin: Real Breakthrough in the Development of Moscow's Transport System Will Take Place Before 2023

There will be 1000 km of underground and overground metro lines in Moscow by 2023. Deputy Mayor of Moscow in the Government of Moscow Marat Khusnullin made an announcement to this effect during the plenary session “City of Megaprojects. From Results to New Goals”, which took place on the first day of the Moscow Urban Forum in Zaryadye Park.

The 1000 km of transport network, which will be operational by 2023, includes 555 km of metro lines and the MCC, as well as 446 km comprising the Moscow Central Diameters. These projects will significantly change the transport situation in the city, improving the availability of urban space. The implementation of megaprojects allows increasing investment: with the appearance of the metro in the regions, capitalization is growing by 12–20%, said the Deputy Mayor of Moscow.

In terms of growth in real estate and transport infrastructure, Moscow is a world leader. For the period from 2011 to 2023, a total of 1300 km of new roads will be built in Moscow, Marat Khusnullin said. Chord highways will create another ring in the city. At the same time, special attention will be paid to the public transport development. Today 70% of Moscow's residents use public transport. That is one of the highest percentages in the world megacities, said the Deputy Mayor of Moscow. Transport and transfer hubs will allow integrating various means of transport into a single network.

New urban construction principles adopted in Moscow in the early 2010s (countering traffic jams, polycentric urban development, balanced development) and the implementation of related megaprojects have significantly increased the investment attractiveness of the capital and made the urban environment comfortable to live in, said Marat Khusnullin. An additional driver for the city's development will be New Moscow, where about 200,000 jobs have already been created.

Marat Khusnullin spoke about the implementation of the Moscow's renovation program, which covers 5171 residential buildings. Under this programme 10,000 people will already have moved to new apartments before the end of 2018. A total of 1 million people will have their housing conditions improved as part of the housing renovation scheme.

The Deputy Mayor of Moscow said that all the infrastructure built for the 2018 World Cup will be used for the benefit of Muscovites. Sports arenas are not only stadiums, they are physical culture and health clusters, Marat Khusnullin stressed. They will be visited by 4–5 million people annually. Hotels built for the World Cup are able to accept an increased tourist flow.

Permanent participant of the Moscow Urban Forum, Maurice Leroy, noted the tremendous progress that Moscow achieved between 2011 and 2018. The Vice-Speaker of the French National Assembly stressed that the metropolitan area provides 1/3 of Russia's gross domestic product. Therefore, a growth in the area's GDP means an increase in the country's GDP as a whole. “The Big Moscow project has gone beyond the Greater Paris project, and in some aspects, in particular in terms of the transport infrastructure development, it has surpassed it. Today, it's Paris that has much to learn from Moscow', concluded Maurice Leroy.

Secretary General of the International Association of Public Transport Mohamed Mezghani emphasised that the common transport policy, as well as the priority given to public transport in Moscow, allows the infrastructure to be updated and new rolling stock to be purchased quicker, ultimately making public transport more attractive for passengers.

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