Russian Railways President Vladimir Yakunin took part in the opening of the 9th World Congress on High Speed Rail
The 9th World Congress on High Speed Rail opened on July 7, 2015 in Tokyo under the auspices of the International Union of Railways (UIC).
As Russian Railways President and UIC Chairman Vladimir Yakunin noted in his remarks, the development of high-speed rail and the accompanying synergistic effect from investments in high-tech, knowledge-intensive projects can play a key role in economic modernization.
"Today, an increasing number of countries are engaged in developing rail transport, above all from the standpoint of increasing the mobility of the population. One of the most important areas of this work is high-speed passenger traffic. High-speed rail projects combine the full spectrum of integrated innovative development issues, from scientific and technical, to economic, social and environmental", Vladimir Yakunin said.
He emphasized that the development of high-speed rail infrastructure is of great socioeconomic importance, because it creates jobs, improves the mobility of the population and ensures the development of those regions through which it passes. In addition, high-speed rail has an advantage over aviation and automobile transport, thanks to a reduction in the negative impact on the surrounding environment, resource conservation and energy efficiency.
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The Sapsan train was the first step in the development of high-speed rail in Russia, which more than 15 million passengers have taken advantage of since it entered service in 2009. In August 2014, a double Sapsan trainset longer than 500 meters began running between Moscow and St. Petersburg. Currently, it is the longest high-speed train in the world, transporting more than a thousand passengers per trip.
A project is also being developed in Russia for a dedicated high-speed Moscow-Kazan rail line with a length of 770 km.