The Moscow Metro has begun testing Moskva-2019 trains, a modified version of the new Moskva trains that have been put into commercial operation in 2017. There are plans to put into service 45 new trains before the end of this year.
“The latest Moskva-2019 trains will take on passengers after testing. Currently, we are selecting the metro lines where these innovative trains will operate,” Deputy Moscow Mayor, Maxim Liksutov, said.
The test-run are carried out by the specialists from Transmashholding, the manufacturer of the trains, and from the National Research Institute of Railway Hygiene. During the test process, the train’s electrodynamic braking system that gradually reduces its speed before it stops completely at the platform will be checked. Earlier versions also used this system but only stopped completely when the wheel brakes were applied. The new braking system will stop the trains even more smoothly.
The new trains feature larger HD screens showing the names of stations on the various lines where they operate. Moskva-2019 trains also have hexagonal railings mounted on the carriage ceilings and near the doors. They don’t take up much space and make things more comfortable for people standing near the doors preparing to exit. Train seats are covered with soft fabric upholstery. The new trains also feature new floor and wall finishes.
Moscow city has announced that the request for proposal regarding the upgraded Moskva-2020 train model, due to start operating in the future, is currently being finalised.
In 2017, the first Moskva trains started sectives on the metro’s most congested line, the Tagansko-Krasnopresnenskaya Line (No. 7) that carries 1.2 million people daily. They also started running along the Kaluzhsko-Rizhskaya Line (No. 6) in the spring of 2018.
All Moskva trains have gangway carriage connections and are adapted to people with disabilities. They feature wider door openings, and their head-end carriages accommodate wheelchairs. Additionally, it is possible to recharge smartphones and tablet computers with the USB ports, and wall-mounted touchscreens help find the desired stations, plan routes and calculate how long it will take to reach them. The more capacious Moskva trains have soundproofing and new heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) systems.
The metro currently operates 105 new Moskva trains on Line 4, Line 8A, Big Circle (Line 11).