Russian Railways participates in Passenger Forum 2015
The Passenger Forum 2015 was held in Moscow on 14 May. Alexander Misharin, First Vice-President at Russian Railways, took part in the event, as well as Alex Belyankin, Head of the Centre for Corporate Governance of the Suburban Complex at Russian Railways.
"Public passenger transport is of great importance for the economic development of any country," said Alexander Misharin during an address at the opening of the Passenger Forum 2015.
According to Misharin, the development of the Moscow transport hub, which today is being implemented in the framework of cooperation between the Ministry of Transport of the Russian Federation, the Government of Moscow, the Moscow Region and Russian Railways, is currently the largest project in the Russian Federation and is under the direct control of Russia's president and government.
"Public transport in the Moscow region accounts for more than 40% of all traffic. Today, it is rail transport which is undergoing active development. The project to create the Moscow circle line, which will be a very important part of the urban transport system, the development of high-speed services on radial directions and the appearance of new rolling stock - all that is something without which it would be impossible to imagine the development of the Moscow transport hub," said Alexander Misharin.
The Company's First Vice President also noted the growing demand for high-speed transportation in Russia. According to Misharin, the Sapsan trains have already carried 29% more passengers in 2015 than last year and are operating at about 100% capacity on the Moscow - St. Petersburg - Moscow route.
Given this high demand, in August 2015 it is planned to introduce a timetable with trains running at exact divisors on the Moscow - St. Petersburg and Moscow - Kryukovo - Tver routes for Sapsan and Lastochka trains respectively.
During a round table on suburban passenger transport strategy, Alexei Belyankin reported that in 2014-2015, the government had adopted a number of key decisions aimed at improving the efficiency of commuter rail services. In particular, these provide for the delineation of responsibilities between the federal centre and the subjects of the Russian Federation with regard to the adoption of regulatory, financial and organisational solutions in the field of suburban commuter rail.
Approvals of the laws governing the activities of participants in the market for commuter services, the methodology for calculating economically justified costs of carriers and harmonisation of the level of tariffs for passengers should be carried out by the executive authorities at federal level.
Regional authorities define volume of services, determine the economically justified costs of carriers and compensate for lost income accruing to carriers, as well as select the degree of participation in the authorised capital of the carrier taking into account its property.
The panelists compared the development models for suburban traffic in Russia, Germany and France and concluded that accessible suburban commuter rail services were part of both federal and regional social policy.