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    The construction of a so-called light metro in the Moscow Region is already due to start next year.

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    MOSCOW, January 23 (Sputnik) — A statement to this effect was made by Moscow Region Governor Andrei Vorobyov, Russia's Rosbalt news agency reported on Friday.

    "We are at the beginning of a long journey, and we want to start the construction of the first line already in 2016. Our plans can be revised, but we have a clear-cut plan, the understanding of the project and people's request for convenient public transportation," Vorobyov said.

    He explained that the first line will pass through Khimki, a town in Moscow's suburbs.

    Vorobyov added that the cost of building a conventional underground subway stands at about 4.5-5 billion rubles per kilometer (approximately $70 million USD), while the construction of a light metro will cost 1 billion rubles for 1 kilometer (about $15 million USD).

    The light metro is estimated to have a capacity of between 10,000 and 20,000 passengers per hour.

    Vorobyov floated the idea of building a light metro in the Moscow Region in June 2014 during a working meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin, who endorsed the idea.

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