Here is another article on the Moscow metro and how the city government is trying to de-centralize the traffic. As of now, most commuter traffic has to go through the center. Ring connections between the various lines may be able to de-centralize the system and keep people out of the center. But, that also means more traffic jams from construction sides and anyway, it will take years until these lines are finished.

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Two rapid rail links will come up in the Russian capital within the next few years — a new subway circular line and a surface, commuter-train circular line.

Muscovites who travel on the efficient yet crowded underground will benefit from expansion of the Moscow metro. Two rapid rail links will come up in the city within the next few years — a new subway circular line and a surface, commuter-train circular line, acting Moscow Construction Department head Andrei Bochkaryov told a press breakfast at Rossiyskaya Gazeta.

The Moscow Metro serves an average of 7 million passengers a day. This means that passenger density in metro carriages reaches almost eight people per square meter during rush hour — far more than the set standard.

Construction of new lines and stations has so far failed to offset rising passenger numbers, so the Moscow city government is speeding up construction.

Metrostroy (the organization that builds new lines), together with other contractors, is using 20 tunnel boring machines simultaneously, which is up from just two back in Soviet times.

Andrei Bochkaryov called the new subway line “the third transfer contour,” central transfer stations being the first and the circular line running round the city center being the second.

A new, larger-diameter, 32-mile-long ring line will thus become the third contour.

Construction on it started in 2010 and is currently underway at 100 sites; the Moscow city government is planning to have 240 construction sites up and running simultaneously by 2014.

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