The new “Moscow” train began to run on the Tagansko-Krasnopresnenskaya (Purple) line of the Moscow metro. The launch ceremony was attended by Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin, the RIA Novosti news agency reported. The mayor called the train an extraordinary example of Russian engineers’ good work.
“Today, we have launched the best train in the world – the best for a number of aggregate characteristics,” Sobyanin said, noting that the train costs one and a half time less than its international counterparts.
According to the mayor, the new train is also “quieter and more comfortable.” It can accommodate up to 2000 passengers, which is 15% more than the older models. It also has special places for wheelchairs and wider doorways equipped with light and sound indicators.
The number of handrails was increased by 30%. Moreover, the “train of the future” features interactive displays and USB-connectors for charging gadgets.
Mosmetro plans to put 30 “Moscow” trains in operation by 2020.