Moscow wins 2016 Transport Achievement Award
The city of Moscow received the 2016 Transport Achievement Award for improving traffic conditions in its city center. Over the past five years, the city measures have reduced the number of cars in the center of Moscow by 25%.
This prize is given by the intergovernmental organisation and policy think tank International Transport Forum (ITF), based in Paris-based which accounts 57 member countries.
“For many years, Muscovites believed that traffic jams were simply the price to pay for living in a big city. This has changed”, said Sergey Sobyanin, Mayor of Moscow. The ITF jury recognized the “impressive achievement in improving overall traffic in Moscow” and “the effectiveness of coherent, coordinated initiatives and policy actions that facilitated this remarkable change.”
The Award will be presented on May 19, during the 2016 Summit of the International Transport Forum in Leipzig, Germany.
With 600 new cars being registered in Moscow each day, the Russian capital faces daily congestion. The traffic reduction had a positive impact on cars as the average speed of traffic by increased by 12%.
The measures put into place in Moscow include:
1. Paid car parking and additional 67.000 paid parking since 2012, including 7.000 parking places for disabled people.
2. More public transport: since 2010, 18 new metro stations built, about 1.500 new subway cars purchased, more than 5.000 new buses, 538 trolleybuses and 150 trams were added. Also, over 100 new routes have been created for surface transport.
3. Innovative ticketing: electronic travel cards called “Troika” were introduced in 2013 for more than 50% of trips in Moscow, while an intermodal 90 minute ticket makes transfers easier.
4. Governance reform in public transport: Transport contracts must respect the standards set by the Moscow city government like comfortable buses, payment via city transit passes, unified schedules and provide free transit for eligible passengers.
5. More bicycles: 2 600 bicycles are available to city dwellers at 300 automatic bike stations. In 2015, 216 kilometers of bike paths are available and in 2016 an experimental sharing system of electric bicycles will be launched.
6. Car sharing reform: Moscow’s short-term car sharing system has a pool of 550 cars and more than 70.000 registered users.
7. Environmental requirements for cargo vehicles: from only trucks conforming to the emission standard Euro-3 or higher are allowed to enter Moscow’s downtown. Ever since air pollution will decrease by 11% by 2015.
| 19/05/2016 | Antigone Vokou