Long-distance passenger numbers down nearly 20% in March 2020
According to the latest figures, in March 2020 84.2 million passengers were transported on the infrastructure owned by Russian Railways, 13.4% less than the number of passengers carried during March of the previous year. Suburban commuter passengers amounted to 77.7 million, a decline of 12.5%, while long-distance passengers were down 19.9% to 6.5 million.
Passenger turnover in March 2020 amounted to 7.1 billion passenger-kilometres, 18.3% less than in March 2019. Suburban passenger turnover fell to 2.4 billion pass-km, a decline of 11.9%, while long-distance passenger turnover was down 21.3% to 4.7 billion pass-km.
In January-March 2020, 261.3 million passengers were carried, down by 0.7% compared to January-March 2019. Long-distance passengers fell 2.9% to 22.6 million, while commuter passenger numbers showed a decline of 0.5% to 238.7 million.
Passenger turnover on the network owned by Russian Railways decreased by 2.5% since the beginning of 2020 compared to the previous year and amounted to 24.3 billion pass-km. Suburban passenger turnover in January-March amounted to 7.3 billion pass-km, a decline of 0.6%, while long-distance passenger turnover was down 3.2% to 17 billion pass-km.
The Moscow Central Ring (MCC) carried almost 11 million passengers in March this year, 6.9% less than in March 2019. Since the beginning of 2020, it has transported 35.5 million passengers, 8.3% more than in the first quarter of last year.
In total, the Moscow Central Ring has carried nearly 450.7 million passengers since it began operations.