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Moscow Metro will test 5G technology

Moscow Metro will test 5G network, reports the city’s Department of Transport.

The new generation network will allow the transport operator to launch new passenger services, for example robotic assistants, and apply AR technologies. Among advantages that 5G might bring, the authority cites higher data rate, lower latency and high-quality connection.

“For us, the main thing is to make Muscovites’ trips as comfortable as possible. Today, in all Metro cars, passengers can connect to a high-speed Wi-Fi network for free and to use the mobile network even in tunnels. Since 2011, the speed of mobile communications in Moscow Metro increased by 40 times. Now we plan to test a new 5G network. Trips would become even more convenient, and the operation of Moscow Metro’s internal systems would be more reliable” – said Deputy Mayor of Moscow Maxim Liksutov.

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Moscow to integrate trams and suburban railways in the Unified Operations Control Centre

According to Moscow’s Department of Transport, by the end of the year, all Moscow trams will be controlled by the Unified Operations Control Centre. It is also planned to integrate all suburban railway transport in the dispatch system.

“We respond faster and eliminate any incidents, it affects passengers’ travel time. Thanks to the OCC, we save more than 100 hours of incident management every year. We see all the Metro, MCC and MCD trains online. <…> All of this will allow us to inform passengers as quickly as possible about any important changes in operations or schedule of Metro, MCC, MCD and soon – trams and suburban railways”, said Deputy Mayor for Transport Maxim Liksutov.

Moscow Metro launched the Unified Operations Control Centre (OCC) in 2019. Developers of the OCC took into account the experience of more than 30 cities including Hong Kong, Singapore and Tokyo.

One of the largest in the world, it ensures safety and reliability with the help of artificial intelligence and other digital tools. Now, 700 people work in the Centre in four shifts.

Over the last few years, OCC reduced the emergency response by 2.5 times in Metro and 3 times in MCC and MCD.

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Moscow to start construction of a new line

Moscow will launch construction of a new line in mid-May, reports Moscow Government.

In fact, the works on the line started during the construction of the junction at the Narodnoye Opolchenie station of the Big Circle Line. Now we are preparing the tunnel-boring complex, and in mid-May we plan to start construction of the tunnel, says Andrey Bochkaryov, Deputy Mayor for Urban Planning and Construction.

The Rublyovo-Arkhangelskaya line will run north-west of Moscow and is expected to serve districts of Mitino, Strogino and Mnyovniki.  For residents of the districts, the travel time is expected to reduce 1.5 times.  The nearly 20-km long line will have 8 stations: Presnya, Ulitsa Narodnogo Opolcheniya, Bulvar Generala Karbysheva, Zhivopisnaya, Strogino, Troitse-Lykovo, Rublyovo-Arkhangelskoe and Ilyinskaya.

The line will be constructed in two stages. The first stage is 12.6 km long and includes section from Shelepikha station (Big Circle Line) to Lipovaya Roshcha station. The second stage will continue the section from Lipovaya Roshcha and will have two stations: Rublyovo-Arkhangelskoe and Ilyinskaya.

The new line will improve transport availability of the north-west of Moscow, create additional transfers with Line 3 (Strogino station) and the Big Circle Line (Narodnoye Opolchenie station), reduce crowdedness on Line 3 and roads and improve ecology of the district.

In the long term, the line may be connected with Biryulovskaya line in the centre of the city. Thus, Moscow will have a new diameter line that covers additional districts of the city without running within the Circle Line of the metro