Moscow – Odintsovo in just 21 minutes on new city train
The accelerated Moscow-Odintsovo service operated by the Central Exurban Passenger Company was launched on 21 December 2018.
The new suburban service has a journey time of just 21 minutes, cutting 10-15 minutes off the time taken by conventional electric trains.
Passengers on the train’s maiden run included Russia’s Deputy Prime Minister Maxim Akimov, the Deputy Minister of Transport Vladimir Tokarev, the Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board of Russian Railways Oleg Belozerov, Moscow’s Mayor Sergei Sobyanin and the Moscow Region’s Governor Andrei Vorobyov.
"Now we can say that the renaissance of railway transport in urban environments has begun. Not so long ago it was impossible to imagine that such suburban services would undergo this kind of transformation and be integrated into urban areas. A virtually seamless technology has been created between the train, the underground and other modes of transport. The result we have achieved at this moment is increased passenger convenience," said Oleg Belozerov.
The CEO of Russian Railways also noted that rail transport is now being used as a suburban service in 11 Russian cities and work is proceeding to extend similar services to another 7 Russian regions.
The development of express suburban trains has become possible following the commissioning of the third main track on the stretch between Odintsovo – Rabochy Posyolok in the Belarusian direction of Moscow Railways, which was built as part of the Company’s investment programme. This new infrastructure will be the basis for the further development and implementation of the Odintsovo - Lobnya project on the Moscow Central Diameters-1.
At Odintsovo station, a new island platform has been built with tracks on each side to provide stops for the electric trains and a canopy erected along the entire platform to shelter passengers from precipitation. On the platform itself, benches have been installed and information boards display the arrival and departure times of the electric trains.
In addition, a ramp, tactile tiles and lower information boards have been installed on and around the platform for passengers with limited mobility. The territory adjacent to the station has also been landscaped and noise fencing installed along the new platform.
The 500 series ED4M trains depart regularly every hour and shuttle between Odintsov and Moscow with no stops en route. 36 express trains run every day, 18 in each direction. The first train departs from Odintsov at 05:50 and from Moscow at 06:30.
A single ticket costs 132 roubles, but a single journey is just 106 roubles if passengers purchase a ticket for 60 trips.
The ED4M 500-series electric trains are equipped with microclimate systems to maintain a comfortable temperature and in addition offer all the necessary conditions for passengers with limited mobility.
Moscow and Odintsovo are now connected by about 240 suburban trains running every day.