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
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