“The monitoring center is one element of the transport monitoring system in Moscow. It is completely fitted out, and now is gradually being integrated into the real life and work of Moscow’s transport complex,” said Sobyanin, according to Moscow24. “The system itself is one of the best and most contemporary of world cities, and allows the control of above-ground traffic, suburban transport links, regimes on the road and floods of traffic.”
During the tour, the deputy of the city’s Department for Transport, Hamid Bulatov, told the mayor and his companion on the visit Deputy Prime Minister Arkady Dvorkovich, that the center had recorded transport figures for the first five days of January’s national holiday, according to which, in total, the public transport network carried 35 million passengers.
The number is almost a million more than the same period of last year, said Bulatov, and comprises 16 million users of the Moscow metro, 11 million passengers on above ground city public transport, and almost eight million passengers of the Moscow railway.
The new center is part of a wider drive on the part of Moscow’s authorities to improve the user-friendliness of the city’s transport system. Last year the local government announced the release of a suite of mobile applications which make the lives of transport users in the city easier. Among other things, it offers the ability to send free text messages to other drivers based on their registration number, and provides information on transport fines and the receipt of notifications when public transport services arrive.