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Friday, October 21, 2016

Moscow is doomed to the murder of private vehicles

Violent emotions around the introduction in Moscow paid Parking subsided. You can now look at the situation of transport in the city is soberly and to recognize that to cheat the laws of social development is impossible. Moscow is doomed to the murder of private vehicles. However, trying to smooth out this process a pleasant innovation.

After last year’s stormy protests against the new Parking system in Moscow, the recent announcement of the Deputy mayor of Moscow Maxim-Liksutov next wave of extending paid Parking has caused quite sluggish response and passed almost unnoticed.

“It only gets worse. Owning and operating a car in Moscow should be a very expensive hobby”

On the one hand, dissatisfied citizens over the past year was a time to recognize the inevitability of the continuation of the current transport policy in the city. Be aware of and largely accept it.

And on the other – and this is even more important – more and more residents of the city imbued with sympathy for the actions of the authorities in this matter, and “repressed” motorists are losing supporters among the “horseless” citizens.

Reasons to be sympathetic to the actions of the city authorities missing, and the main is that when the “crackdown” for motorists in Moscow in parallel there is extensive work on the development and improvement of the urban environment for pedestrians and public transport users. Moreover, this work is so significant that to ignore it is simply impossible.

Because the emotions around the Moscow parks subsided, you can look at Moscow the situation soberly and to recognize that to cheat the laws of social development is impossible.

According to recent reports, the Moscow Metropolitan area there are 25 million people.

Good old Moscow – with its courtyards, quiet streets in the center and an almost rural idyll of the Garden ring – no more. Understand the nostalgia and sadness of native-born Muscovites about the loss of the city where they were born and raised. But so ordered history that the qualitatively degenerated over the last 20 years and turned into a Grand metropolis. And they, the cities, live according to special rules and laws.

The city authorities do not have to reinvent the wheel. They began to learn from the experience gained in cities around the world – from London to new York.

One of the main rules of the metropolis: a private car is a very expensive luxury. Mega-cities for pedestrians (and cyclists) and public transport and taxis.

That is the consistent implementation of this principle we see (and live) live in recent years.

First, the “squeezing” of private cars from Moscow. It only gets worse. Owning and operating a car in Moscow should be a very expensive hobby, and it will be those.

Secondly, the improvement of the city for pedestrians and cyclists. This work of the Moscow government is a little less controversial than the Parking policies. Motorists and pedestrians complain about cyclists, cyclists, pedestrians and cars.

To some it seems absurd to create a wide and comfortable sidewalks for pedestrians in the city, where almost nine months worth of cold weather is not conducive to Proms. But most, despite the “impracticality”, the new trend like walking from Pokrovka to Nikolskaya, Pyatnitskaya street up.

Thirdly, taxi. This is probably the only innovation that causes mass support of citizens and a minimum of criticism. The creation of aggregators taxi (whether “Yandex”, “get”, “Uber”, etc.) solved the problem of accessibility (in all senses) taxi for Muscovites.

Filing time was reduced to 5-10 minutes, which was unimaginable even five years ago. Well, from a purely financial rather expensive capital services a decade ago, a taxi has become a convenient and available to almost all segments of the population service. Even in the airport for a small company now cheaper to travel by taxi than by bus.

The only dissatisfied in this regard were only some taxi drivers, because the services create a more user-friendly and affordable tariffs – at the expense of drivers. Last time it even turned a small unauthorized protest.

Fourth and finally, public transport. This is probably the most important, most ambitious, most difficult and most important area of the city in implementation of the new traffic system in the city.

It is hard not to miss all the innovations – underground station (50 new – until the end of 2016); an ambitious innovation called the Moscow Central ring, to which the city still gets used; the Wi-Fi in the subway; a dedicated line for land transport (the author of these lines every day takes the bus in rush hour on the Shchelkovo highway, which was a complete fiction a few years ago); fleet replacement; a new generation of bus stops with electronic boards and chargers for gadgets…

Well, the reason for writing articles was the launch of a new network “Backbone”, which should give new impetus to the movement in the center of Moscow that is the land. From 8 October in the capital will start another new life.

The old wisdom claims that fate is submissive and drags naughty. In the case of Moscow, we can say that the fate of the bus. By the way, the city is lovely.


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