The Moscow Central Ring (MCC) has been opened to passengers



The MCC is 54 km long and has hubs at its 31 stations to enable passengers to transfer between Moscow underground stations, surface public transport and the radial lines of the urban rail system.

The Lastochka electric trains used on MCC run at intervals of 4 minutes during peak hours between 7:30 and 11:30 in the morning and 16:00 and 21:00 in the late afternoon and evening during the week and between 12:30 and 18:00 at weekends and during holidays, and every 8 minutes during off-peak periods.

The trains are based at the Podmoskovnaya depot, run daily from 05:45 to 01:00 and complete a full circuit around the ring in 90 minutes.

The new passenger infrastructure and a fare collection system have been fully integrated into Moscow's urban public transport system.

Passenger transport services are operated by the Directorate of High-Speed Communication, which is part of Russian Railways.

The ease of making changes on the new MCC will relieve the underground system and ground transport, as well as the radial lines of the railway and city stations and improve transport accessibility in many parts of Moscow.

The implementation of the MCC project began in 2011.

Over the years, a complete reconstruction of the railway infrastructure was carried out, including the electrification of the MCC.

During the reconstruction, about 190 km of track were laid and 29 artificial structures reconstructed and built, each of which represented a complex engineering object in itself. In addition, almost 5,000 supports and 419 km of overhead lines were installed and more than 35 km of utilities supply lines rebuilt.