Moscow underground pulls a hat trick
The capital's metro system is to open three new metro stations simultaneously this weekend, considerably extending the geographical reach of the metro's blue line.
Come Dec. 26, the three new stations - Myakinino, Volokolamskaya and Mitino - will provide thousands of the city's far-flung residents with easy access to city centre. All three stations lie outside the Moscow Ring Road.
Myakinino - the first metro station located in the Moscow region and the first to involve financing from private sources - is located on the grounds of the Crocus City shopping centre and is integrated into the centre's car parking facilities. After crossing the Moscow River via an open-air bridge, the line continues to the Volokolamskaya station in the Mitino micro-region. As the name suggests, the Mitino station also lies in the eponymous region, and together with the Volokolamskoye station, it will considerably ease the transport problems of one of the most highly populated regions of the city.
Meanwhile, more than 40 Moscow metro stations have been put forward to receive cultural recognition.
"At the upcoming interdepartmental committee meeting we will be putting up 44 stations for listing as regional-level objects of cultural heritage," said Valery Shevchuk, head of the Moscow Heritage Committee. The metro currently has 177 stations located on 12 lines, while Moscow has more than 6,500 objects of cultural heritage of which some 2,000 are of regional-level status.
Furthermore, The Moscow metro is to raise its fares by some 18 per cent come Jan. 1, with a single ride ticket to cost 26 roubles. Other tickets prices will see similar increases.