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Moscow Metro
Логотип метро в системе бренда московского транспорта.svg
Komsomolskaya Station Central Hall
Sokolniki Station Central Hall
Rumyantsevo Station Central Hall
Arbatskaya Station (line 4) Surface Vestibule
Kropotkinskaya Station Surface Vestibule
Arbatskaya Station (line 3) Central Hall
Park Kultury Station Central Hall
Ploschad Revolyutsii Station Central Hall
Troparyovo Station Surface Vestibule
Krasnye Vorota Station Surface Vestibule
Biblioteka Imeni Lenina Station Central Hall
Troparyovo Station Central Hall
Sokol Station Central Hall
Native nameМосковский метрополитен
OwnerGovernment of Moscow
LocaleFederal city of Moscow and
cities of Kotelniki, Krasnogorsk, Lyubertsy, Reutov in Moscow Oblast, Russia
Transit typeRapid transit
Number of lines17 (including the Moscow Monorail and the Moscow Central Circle)[1]
Number of stations250[1]
287 (including 6 stations of the Moscow Monorail and 31 stations of the Moscow Central Circle)
Daily ridership(average) 6.992 million
(highest, 26 Dec 2014) 9.715 million [1]
Annual ridership2.5 billion (2018)[1]
Chief executiveViktor Kozlovsky
Began operation15 May 1935; 87 years ago (1935-05-15)
Operator(s)Moskovsky Metropoliten
HeadwayPeak hours: 1–2 minutes
Off-peak: 4–7 minutes
System length435.7 km (270.7 mi)[1]
466.8 km (290.1 mi) including Moscow Monorail and Moscow Central Circle
Track gauge1,520 mm (4 ft 11+2732 in)
Electrification825 Volt DC third rail,
3 kV DC overhead line
Average speed39.54 km/h (24.57 mph)[1]
System map

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The Moscow Metro[a] is a metro system serving the Russian capital of Moscow as well as the neighbouring cities of Krasnogorsk, Reutov, Lyubertsy and Kotelniki in Moscow Oblast. Opened in 1935 with one 11-kilometre (6.8 mi) line and 13 stations, it was the first underground railway system in the Soviet Union.

As of 2021, the Moscow Metro, excluding the Moscow Central Circle, the Moscow Central Diameters and the Moscow Monorail, has 250 stations (287 with Moscow Central Circle) and its route length is 435.7 km (270.7 mi),[1] making it the fifth-longest in the world and the longest outside China. The system is mostly underground, with the deepest section 74 metres (243 ft) underground at the Park Pobedy station, one of the world's deepest underground stations. It is the busiest metro system in Europe, and is considered a tourist attraction in itself.[2]


The Moscow Metro, a state-owned enterprise,[3] is 381 km (237 mi) long and consists of 15 lines and 250 stations[4] organized in a spoke-hub distribution paradigm, with the majority of rail lines running radially from the centre of Moscow to the outlying areas. The Koltsevaya Line (line 5) forms a 20-kilometre (12 mi) long circle which enables passenger travel between these diameters, and the new Moscow Central Circle (line 14) forms a 54-kilometre (34 mi) longer circle that serves a similar purpose on middle periphery.[5] Most stations and lines are underground, but some lines have at-grade and elevated sections; the Filyovskaya Line, Butovskaya Line and the Central Circle Line are the three lines that are at grade or mostly at grade.

The Moscow Metro uses the Russian gauge of 1,520 millimetres (60 in), like other Russian railways, and an underrunning third rail with a supply of 825 Volt DC, except line 13 and 14. The average distance between stations is 1.7 kilometres (1.1 mi); the shortest (502 metres (1,647 ft) long) section is between Vystavochnaya and Mezhdunarodnaya, and the longest (6.62 kilometres (4.11 mi) long) is between Krylatskoye and Strogino. Long distances between stations have the positive effect of a high cruising speed of 41.7 kilometres per hour (25.9 mph).

The Moscow Metro opens at 05:25 and closes at 01:00.[6] The exact opening time varies at different stations according to the arrival of the first train, but all stations simultaneously close their entrances at 01:00 for maintenance, and so do transfer corridors. The minimum interval between trains is 90 seconds during the morning and evening rush hours.[1]

As of 2017, the system had an average daily ridership of 6.99 million passengers. Peak daily ridership of 9.71 million was recorded on 26 December 2014.[1]

Free Wi-Fi has been available on all lines of the Moscow Metro since 2 December 2014.[7]


Of the metro's 250 stations, 88 are deep underground, 123 are shallow, 12 are surface-level and 5 are elevated.

The deep stations comprise 55 triple-vaulted pylon stations, 19 triple-vaulted column stations, and one single-vault station. The shallow stations comprise 79 spanned column stations (a large portion of them following the "centipede" design), 33 single-vaulted stations (Kharkov technology), and three single-spanned stations. In addition, there are 12 ground-level stations, four elevated stations, and one station (Vorobyovy Gory) on a bridge. Two stations have three tracks, and one has double halls. Seven of the stations have side platforms (only one of which is subterranean). In addition, there were two temporary stations within rail yards. One station is reserved for future service (Delovoy Tsentr for the Kalininsko-Solntsevskaya line).

The stations being constructed under Stalin's regime, in the style of socialist classicism, were meant as underground "palaces of the people". Stations such as Komsomolskaya, Kiyevskaya or Mayakovskaya and others built after 1935 in the second phase of the evolution of the network are tourist landmarks: their photogenic architecture, large chandeliers and detailed decoration are unusual for an urban transport system of the twentieth century.

The stations opened in the 21st century are influenced by an international and more neutral style with improved technical quality.[8]

Michurinsky Prospekt is the first semi-underground station in the Moscow Metro

Rolling stock[edit]

A train parade on the Circle Line

Since the beginning, platforms have been at least 155 metres (509 ft) long to accommodate eight-car trains. The only exceptions are on the Filyovskaya Line: Vystavochnaya, Mezhdunarodnaya, Studencheskaya, Kutuzovskaya, Fili, Bagrationovskaya, Filyovsky Park and Pionerskaya, which only allows six-car trains (note that this list includes all ground-level stations on the line, except Kuntsevskaya, which allows normal length trains).

A-type trains

Trains on the Zamoskvoretskaya, Kaluzhsko-Rizhskaya, Tagansko-Krasnopresnenskaya, Kalininskaya, Solntsevskaya, Bolshaya Koltsevaya, Serpukhovsko-Timiryazevskaya, Lyublinsko-Dmitrovskaya and Nekrasovskaya lines have eight cars, on the Sokolnicheskaya line seven or eight cars and on the Filyovskaya line six cars. The Arbatsko-Pokrovskaya and Koltsevaya lines had six- and seven-car trains as well, but now use five-car trains of another type. Butovskaya line uses three-car trains of another type.

Rolling Stock for Moscow Metro
Car Delivered In service
А/Б ("A/B") 1934–39 1935–75
B ("V", earlier C) 1927–30 1946–68
Г ("G") 1939–40, 1946–56 1940–83
Д ("D") 1955–63 1955–95
E/Ем/Еж ("E/Em/Ezh") 1959–79 1962–2020
81-717/714 1976–2011 1977 ff.
И ("I", 81-715/716) 1974, 80–81, 85
81-720/721 "Yauza" 1991–2004 1998–2019
81-740/741 "Rusich" 2002–2013 2003 ff.
81-760/761 "Oka" 2010–2016 2012 ff.
81-765/766/767 "Moskva" 2016–2020 2017 ff.
81-775/776/777 "Moskva 2020" 2020 ff. 2020 ff.

World War II[edit]

The V-type trains were formerly from Berlin U-Bahn C-class trains from 1945 to 1969, until its complete demise in 1970. They were transported from the Berlin U-Bahn during the Soviet occupation. A-type and B-type trains were custom-made since the opening.

Modern Era[edit]

Currently, the Metro only operates 81-style trains.

Rolling stock on the Koltsevaya line is being replaced with articulated 81-740/741 Rusich four-car trains. The Butovskaya Line was designed by different standards, and has shorter (96-metre (315 ft) long) platforms. It employs articulated 81-740/741 trains, which consist of three cars (although the line can also use traditional four-car trains). On the Moscow Central Circle, Lastochka trains are used, consisting of five cars.

Network map[edit]

Map of Moscow Metro, monorail and Central Circle (2022) (with planned expansions shown as transparent additions)(non-Metro railway lines D1 and D2 are not shown)


A Moscow Metro train passes through Sokolnicheskaya and Koltsevaya lines. View from the driver's cabin

Each line is identified by a name, an alphanumeric index (usually consisting of just a number) and a colour.[9] The colour assigned to each line for display on maps and signs is its colloquial identifier, except for the nondescript greens and blues assigned to the Kakhovskaya, the Zamoskvoretskaya, the Lyublinsko-Dmitrovskaya, and Butovskaya lines (route 11, 2, 10, and 12). The upcoming station is announced by a male voice on inbound trains to the city center (on the Circle line, the clockwise trains) and by a female voice on outbound trains (anti-clockwise trains on the Circle line).[9]

The metro has a connection to the Moscow Monorail, a 4.7-kilometre (2.9 mi), six-station monorail line between Timiryazevskaya and VDNKh which opened in January 2008. Prior to the official opening, the monorail had operated in "excursion mode" since 2004.

Lines of Moscow Metro
Icon Line Name First opened Latest
Stations Avg. dist.
English Russian
#1 Sokolnicheskaya line Sokolnicheskaya Сокольническая 1935 2019.12 44.5 26 1.71
#2 Zamoskvoretskaya line Zamoskvoretskaya Замоскворецкая 1938.09 2018 42.8 24 1.86
#3 Arbatsko–Pokrovskaya line Arbatsko-Pokrovskaya Арбатско-Покровская 1938.03 2012 45.1 22 2.15
#4 Filyovskaya line Filyovskaya Филёвская 1958 (1935)[Note 1] 2006 14.9 13 1.24
#5 Koltsevaya line Koltsevaya (Circle) Кольцевая 1950 1954 19.3 12 1.61
#6 Kaluzhsko–Rizhskaya line Kaluzhsko-Rizhskaya Калужско-Рижская 1958 1990 37.8 24 1.63
#7 Tagansko–Krasnopresnenskaya line Tagansko-Krasnopresnenskaya Таганско-Краснопресненская 1966 2015.08 42.2 23 1.92
#8 Kalininskaya line Kalininskaya[Note 2] Калининская 1979 2012 16.3 8 2.36
#8A Solntsevskaya line Solntsevskaya[Note 2] Солнцевская 2014 2018.01 24.8 12 2.26
#9 Serpukhovsko–Timiryazevskaya line Serpukhovsko-Timiryazevskaya Серпуховско-Тимирязевская 1983 2002 41.5 25 1.72
#10 Lyublinsko–Dmitrovskaya line Lyublinsko-Dmitrovskaya Люблинско-Дмитровская 1995 2018 38.3 23 1.74
#11 Bolshaya Koltsevaya line Bolshaya Koltsevaya (Big Circle) Большая кольцевая 2018 2021 34,5 18 2.1
#12 Butovskaya line Butovskaya Бутовская 2003 2014.02 10.0 7 1.67
#15 Nekrasovskaya line Nekrasovskaya Некрасовская 2019 2020 22.3 8 2.3
Total 412.1 239 1.75
Other urban railway lines
#13 Moscow Monorail Monorail[Note 3] Монорельс 2004 2004 4.7 6 0.94
#14 Moscow Central Circle Moscow Central Circle[Note 4] Московское центральное кольцо 2016 2016 54.0 31 1.74
#D1 Line D1 (Moscow Central Diameters) Belorussko-Savyolovsky diameter Белорусско-Савёловский диаметр 2019 2020 52 24 2.26
#D2 Line D2 (Moscow Central Diameters) Kursko-Rizhsky diameter Курско-Рижский диаметр 2019 2021 80 34 2.42
Total 598.8 328 1.83
  1. ^ Four central stations of the Filyovskaya Line – Alexandrovsky Sad (formerly Imeni Kominterna), Arbatskaya, Smolenskaya and Kiyevskaya – were originally opened in 1935–1937, when they were a branch of the Sokolnicheskaya Line. Between 1938 and 1953, they were part of the Arbatsko-Pokrovskaya Line. The stations were closed between 1953 and 1958 and then reopened as part of the (new) Filyovskaya Line. A line branching off the Filyovskaya is in operation (as of July 2009), starting from the Alexsandrovsky Sad Station and continuing on the Filyovskaya Line to Kiyevskaya Station, where it departs to stop at the (new) Vystavochnaya and Mezhdunarodnaya Stations.
  2. ^ a b Kalininsko-Solntsevskaya Line currently operates as two separate sections, between Novokosino and Tretyakovskaya and between Rasskazovka and Delovoy Tsentr.
  3. ^ Previously numbered Line M1 and considered separate from the network; as such, its length and number of stations are not included in the total tally. It was integrated into the Metro as Line 13 in 2016.
  4. ^ (MCC) The service is considered a separate system of urban transport served by Russian Railways, but uses the same fares and tickets as the metro system allowing for free transfers between the Central Circle and Moscow Metro proper. The line itself is not considered part of the underground metro, as the infrastructure, rolling stock and staff belong to Russian Railways.

Also, from 11 August 1969 to 26 October 2019, the Moscow Metro included Kakhovskaya line 3.3 km long with 3 stations, which closed for a long reconstruction. On 7 December 2021, Kakhovskaya is reopened after reconstruction as part of the Bolshaya Koltsevaya line. A reopening in 2022 at Varshavskaya and Kashirskaya stations is planned as part of the Bolshaya Koltsevaya line.

Renamed lines[edit]


Typewritten document on yellowing paper, with handwritten notes
Soviet government resolution to construct the Moscow Metro
1935 Soviet stamp marking the opening of the first Moscow metro line

The first plans for a metro system in Moscow date back to the Russian Empire but were postponed by World War I, the October Revolution and the Russian Civil War. In 1923, the Moscow City Council formed the Underground Railway Design Office at the Moscow Board of Urban Railways. It carried out preliminary studies, and by 1928 had developed a project for the first route from Sokolniki to the city centre. At the same time, an offer was made to the German company Siemens Bauunion to submit its own project for the same route. In June 1931, the decision to begin construction of the Moscow Metro was made by the Central Committee of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union. In January 1932 the plan for the first lines was approved, and on 21 March 1933 the Soviet government approved a plan for 10 lines with a total route length of 80 km (50 mi).

The first lines were built using the Moscow general plan designed by Lazar Kaganovich, along with his project managers (notably Ivan M. Kuznetsov and, later, Isaac Y. Segal) in the 1930s–1950s, and the Metro was named after him until 1955 (Metropoliten im. L.M. Kaganovicha).[10] The Moscow Metro construction engineers consulted with their counterparts from the London Underground, the world's oldest metro system, in 1936: British architect Charles Holden and administrator Frank Pick had been working on the station developments of the Piccadilly Line extension, and Soviet delegates to London were impressed by Holden's thoroughly modern redeployment of classical elements and use of high-quality materials for the circular ticket hall of Piccadilly Circus, and so engaged Pick and Holden as advisors to Moscow's metro system.[11] Partly because of this connection, the design of Gants Hill tube station, which was completed in 1947, is reminiscent of a Moscow Metro station. Indeed, Holden's homage to Moscow has been described as a gesture of gratitude for the USSR's helpful role in The Second World War.[12][13]

Soviet workers did the labour and the art work, but the main engineering designs, routes, and construction plans were handled by specialists recruited from London Underground. The British called for tunnelling instead of the "cut-and-cover" technique, the use of escalators instead of lifts, the routes and the design of the rolling stock.[14] The paranoia of the NKVD was evident when the secret police arrested numerous British engineers for espionage because they gained an in-depth knowledge of the city's physical layout. Engineers for the Metropolitan-Vickers Electrical Company (Metrovick) were given a show trial and deported in 1933, ending the role of British business in the USSR.[15]

First four stages of construction[edit]

External video
video icon Moscow Metro opening, Soviet Archive Footage
Sokolniki station, Line 1. Opened in 1935 (the first stage)
Krasnye Vorota, also opened in 1935 (the first stage) as part of Sokolnicheskaya line, e.g. Line 1

The first line was opened to the public on 15 May 1935 at 07:00 am.[16] It was 11 kilometres (6.8 mi) long and included 13 stations. The day was celebrated as a technological and ideological victory for socialism (and, by extension, Stalinism). An estimated 285,000 people rode the Metro at its debut, and its design was greeted with pride; street celebrations included parades, plays and concerts. The Bolshoi Theatre presented a choral performance by 2,200 Metro workers; 55,000 colored posters (lauding the Metro as the busiest and fastest in the world) and 25,000 copies of "Songs of the Joyous Metro Conquerors" were distributed.[17] This publicity barrage, produced by the Soviet government, stressed the superiority of the Moscow Metro over all metros in capitalist societies and the Metro's role as a prototype for the Soviet future. The Moscow Metro averaged 47 km/h (29 mph) and had a top speed of 80 km/h (50 mph).[18] In comparison, New York City Subway trains averaged a slower 25 miles per hour (40 km/h) and had a top speed of 45 miles per hour (72 km/h).[17] While the celebration was an expression of popular joy it was also an effective propaganda display, legitimizing the Metro and declaring it a success.

The initial line connected Sokolniki to Okhotny Ryad then branching to Park Kultury and Smolenskaya.[19] The latter branch was extended westwards to a new station (Kiyevskaya) in March 1937, the first Metro line crossing the Moskva River over the Smolensky Metro Bridge.

The second stage was completed before the war. In March 1938, the Arbatskaya branch was split and extended to the Kurskaya station (now the dark-blue Arbatsko-Pokrovskaya Line). In September 1938, the Gorkovskaya Line opened between Sokol and Teatralnaya. Here the architecture was based on that of the most popular stations in existence (Krasniye Vorota, Okhotnyi Ryad and Kropotkinskaya); while following the popular art-deco style, it was merged with socialist themes. The first deep-level column station Mayakovskaya was built at the same time.

Building work on the third stage was delayed (but not interrupted) during World War II, and two Metro sections were put into service; TeatralnayaAvtozavodskaya (three stations, crossing the Moskva River through a deep tunnel) and KurskayaPartizanskaya (four stations) were inaugurated in 1943 and 1944 respectively. War motifs replaced socialist visions in the architectural design of these stations. During the Siege of Moscow in the fall and winter of 1941, Metro stations were used as air-raid shelters; the Council of Ministers moved its offices to the Mayakovskaya platforms, where Stalin made public speeches on several occasions. The Chistiye Prudy station was also walled off, and the headquarters of the Air Defence established there.

After the war ended in 1945, construction began on the fourth stage of the Metro, which included the Koltsevaya Line, a deep part of the Arbatsko-Pokrovskaya line from Ploshchad Revolyutsii to Kievskaya and a surface extension to Pervomaiskaya during the early 1950s. The decoration and design characteristic of the Moscow Metro is considered to have reached its zenith in these stations. The Koltsevaya Line was first planned as a line running under the Garden Ring, a wide avenue encircling the borders of Moscow's city centre. The first part of the line – from Park Kultury to Kurskaya (1950) – follows this avenue. Plans were later changed and the northern part of the ring line runs 1–1.5 kilometres (0.62–0.93 mi) outside the Sadovoye Koltso, thus providing service for seven (out of nine) rail terminals. The next part of the Koltsevaya Line opened in 1952 (Kurskaya–Belorusskaya), and in 1954 the ring line was completed.

Stalinist ideals in Moscow Metro's history[edit]

Mayakovskaya station. Opened in 1938 (the second stage)

When the Metro opened in 1935, it immediately became the centrepiece of the transportation system (as opposed to horse-carried barrows still widely used in 1930s Moscow).

It also became the prototype, the vision for future Soviet large-scale technologies. The artwork of the 13 original stations became nationally and internationally famous. For example, the Sverdlov Square subway station featured porcelain bas-reliefs depicting the daily life of the Soviet peoples, and the bas-reliefs at the Dynamo Stadium sports complex glorified sports and physical prowess on the powerful new "Homo Sovieticus" (Soviet man).[20] The metro was touted as the symbol of the new social order—a sort of Communist cathedral of engineering modernity.[21]

The Metro was iconic also because it showcased Socialist Realism in public art.

Kaganovich was in charge; he designed the subway so that citizens would absorb the values and ethos of Stalinist civilization as they rode. Without this cohesion, the Metro would not reflect Socialist Realism. If the Metro did not utilize Socialist Realism, it would fail to illustrate Stalinist values and transform Soviet citizens into socialists. Anything less than Socialist Realism's grand artistic complexity would fail to inspire a long-lasting, nationalistic attachment to Stalin's new society.[22]

Socialist Realism was in fact a method, not exactly a style.[23] The method was influenced by Nikolay Chernyshevsky, Lenin's favorite 19th-century nihilist, who stated that "art is no useful unless it serves politics".[17] This maxim sums up the reasons why the stations combined aesthetics, technology and ideology: any plan which did not incorporate all three areas cohesively was rejected.

Bright future and literal brightness in the Metro of Moscow[edit]

Elektrozavodskaya station. Opened in 1944 (the third stage)

The Moscow Metro was one of the USSR's most ambitious architectural projects. The metro's artists and architects worked to design a structure that embodied svet (literally "light", figuratively "radiance" or "brilliance") and svetloe budushchee (a well-lit/radiant/bright future).[23] With their reflective marble walls, high ceilings and grand chandeliers, many Moscow Metro stations have been likened to an "artificial underground sun".[24]

This palatial underground environment[24] reminded Metro users their taxes were spent on materializing "radiant future"; also, the design was useful for demonstrating the extra structural strength of the underground works (as in Metro doubling as bunkers, bomb shelters).

The chief lighting engineer was Abram Damsky, a graduate of the Higher State Art-Technical Institute in Moscow. By 1930 he was a chief designer in Moscow's Elektrosvet Factory, and during World War II was sent to the Metrostroi (Metro Construction) Factory as head of the lighting shop.[25] Damsky recognized the importance of efficiency, as well as the potential for light as an expressive form. His team experimented with different materials (most often cast bronze, aluminum, sheet brass, steel, and milk glass) and methods to optimize the technology.[25] Damsky's discourse on "Lamps and Architecture 1930–1950" describes in detail the epic chandeliers installed in the Taganskaya Station and the Kaluzhskaia station (Oktyabrskaya nowadays, not to be confused with contemporary "Kaluzhskaya" station on line 6).

The Kaluzhskaya Station was designed by the architect [Leonid] Poliakov. Poliakov's decision to base his design on a reinterpretation of Russian classical architecture clearly influenced the concept of the lamps, some of which I planned in collaboration with the architect himself. The shape of the lamps was a torch – the torch of victory, as Polyakov put it... The artistic quality and stylistic unity of all the lamps throughout the station's interior made them perhaps the most successful element of the architectural composition. All were made of cast aluminum decorated in a black and gold anodized coating, a technique which the Metrostroi factory had only just mastered.

The Taganskaia Metro Station on the Ring Line was designed in...quite another style by the architects K.S. Ryzhkov and A. Medvedev... Their subject matter dealt with images of war and victory...The overall effect was one of ceremony ... In the platform halls the blue ceramic bodies of the chandeliers played a more modest role, but still emphasised the overall expressiveness of the lamp.[25]

— Abram Damsky, Lamps and Architecture 1930–1950

The work of Abram Damsky further publicized these ideas hoping people would associate the party with the idea of bright future.


Statue representing the Soviet workers at Baumanskaya station

Stalin's first five-year plan (1928–1932) facilitated rapid industrialization to build a socialist motherland. The plan was ambitious, seeking to reorient an agrarian society towards industrialism. It was Stalin's fanatical energy, large-scale planning, and resource distribution that kept up the pace of industrialization. The first five-year plan was instrumental in the completion of the Moscow Metro; without industrialization, the Soviet Union would not have had the raw materials necessary for the project. For example, steel was a main component of many subway stations. Before industrialization, it would have been impossible for the Soviet Union to produce enough steel to incorporate it into the metro's design; in addition, a steel shortage would have limited the size of the subway system and its technological advancement.

The Moscow Metro furthered the construction of a socialist Soviet Union because the project accorded with Stalin's second five-year plan. The Second Plan focused on urbanization and the development of social services. The Moscow Metro was necessary to cope with the influx of peasants who migrated to the city during the 1930s; Moscow's population had grown from 2.16 million in 1928 to 3.6 million in 1933. The Metro also bolstered Moscow's shaky infrastructure and its communal services, which hitherto were nearly nonexistent.[17]


Monument to Soviet partisan Zoya Kosmodemyanskaya at the Partizanskaya station from 1944

The Communist Party had the power to mobilize; because the party was a single source of control, it could focus its resources. The most notable example of mobilization in the Soviet Union occurred during World War II. The country also mobilized in order to complete the Moscow Metro with unprecedented speed. One of the main motivation factors of the mobilization was to overtake the West and prove that a socialist metro could surpass capitalist designs. It was especially important to the Soviet Union that socialism succeed industrially, technologically, and artistically in the 1930s, since capitalism was at a low ebb during the Great Depression.

The person in charge of Metro mobilization was Lazar Kaganovich. A prominent Party member, he assumed control of the project as chief overseer. Kaganovich was nicknamed the "Iron Commissar"; he shared Stalin's fanatical energy, dramatic oratory flare, and ability to keep workers building quickly with threats and punishment.[17] He was determined to realise the Moscow Metro, regardless of cost. Without Kaganovich's managerial ability, the Moscow Metro might have met the same fate as the Palace of the Soviets: failure.

Kiyevskaya (Line 3) (1954) is decorated with a series of mosaics by various artists depicting life in Ukraine which was then part of the Soviet Union.

This was a comprehensive mobilization; the project drew resources and workers from the entire Soviet Union. In his article, archeologist Mike O'Mahoney describes the scope of the Metro mobilization:

A specialist workforce had been drawn from many different regions, including miners from the Ukrainian and Siberian coalfields and construction workers from the iron and steel mills of Magnitogorsk, the Dniepr hydroelectric power station, and the Turkestan-Siberian railway... materials used in the construction of the metro included iron from Siberian Kuznetsk, timber from northern Russia, cement from the Volga region and the norther Caucasus, bitumen from Baku, and marble and granite from quarries in Karelia, the Crimea, the Caucasus, the Urals, and the Soviet Far East[26]

— Mike O'Mahoney, Archeological Fantasies: Constructing History on the Moscow Metro

Skilled engineers were scarce, and unskilled workers were instrumental to the realization of the metro. The Metrostroi (the organization responsible for the Metro's construction) conducted massive recruitment campaigns. It printed 15,000 copies of Udarnik metrostroia (Metrostroi Shock Worker, its daily newspaper) and 700 other newsletters (some in different languages) to attract unskilled laborers. Kaganovich was closely involved in the recruitment campaign, targeting the Komsomol generation because of its strength and youth.

Cold War era[edit]

"Fifth stage" set of stations[edit]

Novoslobodskaya station
Komsomolskaya station, opened in 1952, Line 5

The beginning of the Cold War led to the construction of a deep section of the Arbatsko-Pokrovskaya Line. The stations on this line were planned as shelters in the event of nuclear war. After finishing the line in 1953 the upper tracks between Ploshchad Revolyutsii and Kiyevskaya were closed, and later reopened in 1958 as a part of the Filyovskaya Line.

The stations, too, were supplied with tight gates and life-sustenance systems to function as proper nuclear shelters.

In the further development of the Metro the term "stages" was not used any more, although sometimes the stations opened in 1957–1959 are referred to as the "fifth stage".

Nikita Khrushchev's era of cutting the costs[edit]

Profsoyuznaya, 1962, Line 6 only has gray tiles
Rechnoy Vokzal, 1964, Line 2
Kakhovskaya, 1969, Line 11 (before reconstruction)

During the late 1950s and throughout the 1960s the architectural extravagance of new Metro stations was decisively rejected on the orders of Nikita Khrushchev, who had a preference for a utilitarian "minimalism"-like approach to design. Stations from these years, and also most 1970s stations, were simple in design and style, with walls covered with identical square ceramic tiles.

  • In fact, even decorations at the Metro stations almost finished at the time of banning "excessives" in design (such as VDNKh and Alexeyevskaya) got their final decors simplified: V.D.N.Kh's arcs/portals, for example, have basic stripes of green paint in contrast to the well-detailed decorations around them.

Some stations such as adjacent Rechnoi Vokzal and Vodny Stadion or sequiential Leninsky Prospect, Akadmicheskaya, Profsoyuznaya and Novye Cheryomushki would have similar look due to extensive use of same-sized white or off-white ceramic tiles with hard-to-feel differences. For example, there are beige tilted tiles on Leninsky Prospect (waffle-like style), white squares on Akademicheskaya (remodelled during "aughts", first years of the 2000s), gray-only "square diamonds" (4x4 tiles for each) on Profsoyznaya, off-white pale jade-colored square tiles on Novye Cheryomushki.

A typical layout of cheap shallow-dug metro station (which quickly became known as Sorokonozhka – "centipede", from early designs with 40 concrete columns in two rows) was developed for all new stations and the stations were built to look almost identical, differing from each other only in colours of the marble and ceramic tiles. Most stations were built with simpler, cheap technology; this resulted in utilitarian design being flawed in some ways.

Polezhayevskaya. Opened in 1972. As of January 2022, the variegated walls are preserved "as is"

Walls with cheap ceramic tiles were susceptible to train-related vibration: some tiles would eventually fall off and break. It was not always possible to replace the missing tiles with the ones of the exact color and tone, which eventually led to variegated parts of the walls.

Metro stations of late USSR[edit]

The contrasting style gap between the powerfully decorated stations of Moscow's centre and the spartan-looking stations of the 1960s was eventually filled. In the mid-1970s the architectural extravagance was partially restored. However, the newer design of shallow "centipede" stations (now with 26 columns, more widely spaced) continued to dominate. For example, Kaluzhskaya "centipede" station from 1974 (adjacent to Novye Cheryomushki station) features non-flat tiles (with 3D effect utilized), and Medvedkovo from 1978 features complex decorations.

Babushkinskaya station from 1978 is a no-column station (similar to Biblioteka Imeni Lenina from 1935).

Some stations, such as the deep-dug Shabolovskaya (1980), have the near-tunnel walls decorated with metal sheets, not tiles.

1983 Chertanovskaya station has resemblance to Kropotkinskaya (from 1935).

Downtown area got such stations as Borovitskaya (1986), with uncovered bricks and gray, concrete-like colors accompanying a single gold-plated decorative pane known as "Tree of peoples' of USSR".

Tyoply Stan features a theme related to the name and the location of the station ("Tyoply Stan" used to literally mean warm area): its walls are covered in brick-colored ribbed panes, which look like radiators).

Post-USSR stations of the modern Russian Federation[edit]

Metro stations of the 1990s and 2000s vary in style, but some of the stations seem to have their own themes:

  • Ulitsa Akademika Yangelya station features thick orange neon lamp-like lights instead of regular white lights.
  • Park Pobedy, the deepest station of the Moscow Metro, was built in 2003; it features extensive use of dark orange polished granite.
  • Slavyansky Bulvar station utilizes a plant-inspired theme (not to be confused with subtle "bionic style").
  • The sleekness of the aforementioned "bionic style" is somewhat represented in various Line 10 stations.
  • Sretensky Bulvar station of line 10 is decorated with paintings of nearby memorials and locations.
  • Strogino station has a theme of huge eye-shaped boundaries for lights; with "eyes" occupying the station's ceiling.
  • Troparyovo (2014) features trees made of polished metal. The trees hold the station's diamond-shaped lights. The station, however, is noticeably dim-lit.
  • Delovoy Tsentr (2016, MCC, overground station) has green tint.
  • Lomonosovsky Prospekt (Line 8A) is decorated with various equations.
  • Olkhovaya (2019) uses other plant-inspired themes ("Olkha" means alder) with autumn/winter inspired colours.

Some bleak, bland-looking "centipedes" like Akademicheskaya and Yugo-Zapadnaya have undergone renovations in the 21st century (new blue-striped white walls on Akademicheskaya, aqualine glassy, shiny walls on Yugo-Zapadnaya).

Moscow Central Circle urban railway (Line 14)[edit]

Large, light outdoor station
Luzhniki MCC station
Old Belokamennaya station building from 1908

A new circle metro line in Moscow was relatively quickly made in the 2010s. The Moscow Central Circle line (Line 14) was opened for use in September 2016 by re-purposing and upgrading the Maloe ZheleznoDorozhnoe Kol'tso. A proposal to convert that freight line into a metropolitan railway with frequent passenger service was announced in 2012. New track (along the existing one) was laid and all-new stations were built between 2014 and 2016.

  • These tracks had been built in pre-revolutionary Moscow decades before the creation of Moscow Metro; they remained in place as a non-electrified line (for freight only) until the 21st century, and were never abandoned or cut.

There is a noticeable relief of congestion, decrease in usage of formerly overcrowded Koltsevaya line since the introduction of MCC: such a conversion of old yet still intact circle route to a line of Moscow Metro has helped the city to ease the commute-related tensions.

Delovoy Tsentr MCC station is made with green-tinted plastic.
  • To make line 14 attractive to frequent Koltsevaya line interchanges users, upgrades over regular comfort of Moscow Metro were made. MCC's all-new stations got such amenities as vending machines and water closets. Use of small laptops/portable video playing devices and food consumption from "tupperware"-like tubs was also improved for Line 14: its trains have small foldable tables in the back of every seat, while the seats are facing one direction like in planes or intercity buses (unlike side-against-side sofas in "regular" Metro trains).

Line 14 is operated by Russian Railways and uses full-sized trains (an idea, somewhat similar to S-Train).

  • The extra resemblance to an S-Train line is, the 1908 line now connects modern northern residential "sleep districts" to southern downtown area and Moscow's modern pack of skyscrapers.

Fees for Line 14[edit]

Unlike MCD lines (D1, D2 etc.) MCC line accepts "unified" tickets and "Troika" cards just like Moscow Metro and buses of Moscow do.

Free transfers are permitted between the MCC and the Moscow Metro if the trip before the transfer is less than 90 minutes.[27] It's made possible by using same "Ediny", literally "unified" tickets instead of printing "paper tickets" used at railroads.

But: to interchange to line 14, passenger must keep their "fresh" ticket since entering Moscow Metro to apply it upon entering any line 14 station (and vice versa, keep their "fresh" ticket to enter underground Metro line after leaving Line 14 for an interchange).

Moscow Central Diameters (D lines)[edit]

In 2019, new lines of Russian Railways got included in the map of Metro as "line D1" and "line D2". Unlike Line 14, the MCD lines actually form S-Train lines, bypassing the "vokzals", terminus stations of respective intercity railways.

As for the fees, MCD accepts Moscow's "Troika" cards. Also, every MCD station has printers which print "station X – station Y" tickets on paper. Users of the D lines must keep their tickets till exiting their destination stations: their exit terminals require a valid "... to station Y" ticket's barcode.

  • The tickets' ink is susceptible to sanitizers used in MCD stations' dispensers.

Big Circle Line (line 11)[edit]

Kakhovskaya after reconstruction
81-765 train on Shelepikha station

After upgrading 1908 railway to a whole circle route, development of another circle line line was re-launched. Throughout the 2010s, Line 11 was extended from short, tiny Kakhovskaya line to a half-circle (from Kakhovskaya to Savyolovskaya, with a complete circle route line 11 projected for the 2020s.

  • Similarly made Shelepikha, Khoroshovskaya, CSKA and Petrovsky Park stations have lots of polished granite and shiny surfaces, with the subtle "bionic style" feel present in contrast to Soviet "centipedes".
    • Throughout 2018–2021, these stations were connected to line 8A.
  • Narodnoye Opolcheniye (2021) features lots of straight edges and linear decorations (such as uninterrupted "three stripes" style of the ceiling lights and rectangular columns).


The first line of the Moscow Metro was launched in 1935, complete with the first logo, the capital M paired with the text "МЕТРО". There is no accurate information about the author of the logo, so it is often attributed to the architects of the first stations – Samuil Kravets, Ivan Taranov and Nadezhda Bykova. At the opening in 1935, the M letter on the logo had no definite shape.[28]

Today, with at least ten different variations of the shape in use, Moscow Metro still does not have clear brand or logo guidelines. An attempt was made in October 2013 to launch a nationwide brand image competition, only to be closed several hours after its announcement. A similar contest, held independently later that year by the design crowdsourcing company DesignContest, yielded better results, though none were officially accepted by the Metro officials.[29][30]


One-trip transport card of Moscow Metro
Moscow Metro turnstiles

Moscow Metro underground has neither "point A – point B" tariffs nor "zone" tariffs. Instead, it has a fee for a "ride", e.g. for a single-time entry without time or range limit. The exceptions "only confirm the rule": "diameters" (D lines) and MCC (Line 14) interchanges are Russian Railways' lines.

As for October 2021, one ride costs 60 rubles (approx. 1 US dollar). Discounts (up to 33%) for individual rides are available upon buying rides "in bulk", buying multiple-trip tickets (such as twenty-trip or sixty-trip ones), and children under age seven can travel free (with their parents).

  • Troika wallet also offers some discounts for using the card instead of queueing a line for a ticket.

"Rides" on the tickets available for a fixed number of trips, regardless of distance traveled or number of transfers.

There are tickets for a certain amount of time as well – a 24-hour "unified" ticket (265 rub), as well as a 72-hour ticket, a month-long ticket, and a year-long ticket.

Fare enforcement takes place at the points of entry. Once a passenger has entered the Metro system, there are no further ticket checks – one can ride to any number of stations and make transfers within the system freely.

  • In case of Line 14, one can ride it for hours and use its amenities without leaving it.

Transfers to other public-transport systems (such as bus, tram, trolleybus/"electrobus") are not covered by the very ride used to enter Metro. Transfer to monorail and MCC is a free addition to the ride (available up to 90 minutes after entering a metro station).

In modern Metro, turnstiles accept designated plastic cards ("Troika", "social cards") or disposable-in-design RFID chip cardboard cards. Unlimited cards are also available for students at reduced price (as of 2017, 415 rubles—or about $US6—for a calendar month of unlimited usage) for a one-time cost of 70 rubles.

Transport Cards impose a delay for each consecutive use; i.e. the card can not be used for 7 minutes after the user has passed a turnstile.

History of smart ticketing[edit]

Soviet era turnstiles simply accepted N kopeck coins.

In the early years of Russian Federation (and with the start of a hyperinflation) plastic tokens were used. Disposable magnetic stripe cards were introduced in 1993 on a trial basis, and used as unlimited monthly tickets between 1996 and 1998. The sale of tokens ended on 1 January 1999, and they stopped being accepted in February 1999; from that time, magnetic cards were used as tickets with a fixed number of rides.

On 1 September 1998, the Moscow Metro became the first metro system in Europe to fully implement "contactless" smart cards, known as Transport Cards. The cards were supposed to have an unlimited amount of trips for 30, 90 or 365 days, its active lifetime was projected as 3½ years; defective cards were supposed to be exchanged at no cost.

  • In August 2004, the city government launched the Muscovite's Social Card program. Social Cards are free smart cards issued for the elderly and other groups of citizens officially registered as residents of Moscow or the Moscow region; they offer discounts in shops and pharmacies, and double as credit cards issued by the Bank of Moscow. Social Cards can be used for unlimited free access to the city's public-transport system, including the Moscow Metro; while they do not feature the time delay, they include a photograph and are non-transferable.
  • Since 2006, several banks have issued credit cards which double as Ultralight cards and are accepted at turnstiles. The fare is passed to the bank and the payment is withdrawn from the owner's bank account at the end of the calendar month, using a discount rate based on the number of trips that month (for up to 70 trips, the cost of each trip is prorated from current Ultralight rates; each additional trip costs 24.14 rubles).[31] Partner banks include the Bank of Moscow, CitiBank, Rosbank, Alfa-Bank and Avangard Bank.[32]

In January 2007, Moscow Metro began replacing magnetic cards with contactless disposable tickets based on NXP's MIFARE Ultralight technology. Ultralight tickets are available for a fixed number of trips in 1, 2, 5, 10, 20 and 60-trip denominations (valid for 5 or 90 days from the day of purchase) and as a monthly ticket, only valid for a selected calendar month and limited to 70 trips. The sale of magnetic cards ended on 16 January 2008 and magnetic cards ceased to be accepted in late 2008, making the Moscow metro the world's first major public-transport system to run exclusively on a contactless automatic fare-collection system.[33]

On 2 April 2013, Moscow Transport Department introduced a smartcard-based transport electronic wallet, named Troika.

There are three more smart cards has been launched:

  • Ediniy's RFID-chip card, a "disposable"-design cardboard card for all city-owned public transport operated by Mosgortrans and Moscow Metro;
  • 90 minutes card, an unlimited "90-minute" card
  • and TAT card for surface public transport operated by Mosgortrans.[34]

One can "record" N-ride Ediniy ticket on Troika card as well in order to avoid carrying the easily frayed cardboard card of Ediniy for weeks (e.g. to use Troika's advanced chip). The turnstiles of Moscow Metro have monochrome screens which show such data as "money left" (if Troika is used as a "wallet"), "valid till DD.MM.YYYY" (if a social card is used) or "rides left" (if Ediniy tariff ticket is used).

  • A green "0" digit is shown on the display upon using the last ride of an Ediniy ticket. It only indicates the amount of unused rides left, however: the "pass" indicator will show a green color signal.

Along with the tickets, new vending machines were built to sell tickets (1 or 2 rides) and put payments on Troika cards.

  • At that time, the machines were not accepting contactless pay. The same machines now have tiny terminals with keypads for contactless payments (allowing quick payment for Troika card)
  • Newer machines allow a wider choice of tickets.

In 2013, as a way to promote both the "Olympic Games in Sochi and active lifestyles, Moscow Metro installed a vending machine that gives commuters a free ticket in exchange for doing 30 squats."[35]

Since the first quarter of 2015, all ticket windows (not turnstiles) at stations accept bank cards for fare payment.

  • Passengers are also able to pay for tickets via contactless payment systems, such as PayPass technology.[citation needed]

Since 2015, fare gates at stations accept mobile ticketing via a system which the Metro calls Mobilny Bilet (Мобильный билет) which requires NFC-handling smartphone (and a proper SIM-card). The pricing is the same as Troika's.

Customers are able to use Mobile Ticket on Moscow's surface transport.[36]

The Moscow Metro originally announced plans to launch the mobile ticketing service with Mobile TeleSystems (MTS) in 2010.[37]


Ticket rates effective February 2020 [31]
Cost Cost
per trip
Discount Valid for
Fixed-rate Ultralight ticket (for each pass in metro or ground transport in zone "A" and "B"). You can use a multipass ticket for a group in the metro (touch once for each passenger), in ground transport smart cards for only one person.
1 (sold by all ticket machines)   57 57 0.0% 5 days
2 (sold by some ticket machines) 114 57 0.0% 5 days
60 (no paper ticket can be purchased, Troika only) 1,900 31,6 42.4% 45 days
1 (Troika electronic wallet)   40 40 30.9%
90 minutes Allows passenger to take one journey on Moscow Metro (Moscow Central Circle and Moscow Monorail) included, and unlimited number of journeys on buses, trams, and trolleybuses. All the journeys have to be started within 90 minutes of the first one.
1 (Troika electronic wallet)    62 62 46.3% (compared to two singles) If you opened at bus double 90 min timer works (first to any, second to metro), central zone only
1 (Bank card on turnstiles)    44 44 Surburbian zone is 51 RUR
Transport Card (Metro and bus)
unlimited for 1 day, 20 min delay (except MCC and monorail interchanges)   230 24 hours from the first pass which should be within 10 days of sale
unlimited for 3 days, 20 min delay (except MCC and monorail interchanges)   438   72 hours from the first pass which should be within 10 days of sale
unlimited for 30 days, 7 min delay (no paper ticket, no delay for interchanges) 2,170 30 days from the date of sale or next day after previous ticked ended
unlimited for 90 days, 7 min delay (only in Troika) 5,430 90 days from the date of sale
unlimited for 365 days, 7 min delay (only in Troika) 19,500 365 days from the date of sale
Transport Card MCD MO (Metro and bus + Surburbian zone)
unlimited for 1 day, 20 min delay (except MCC and monorail interchanges)   285 24 hours from the first pass which should be within 10 days of sale
unlimited for 3 days, 20 min delay (except MCC and monorail interchanges)   545   72 hours from the first pass which should be within 10 days of sale
unlimited for 30 days, 7 min delay (no paper ticket, no delay for interchanges) 2,570 30 days from the date of sale
unlimited for 90 days, 7 min delay (only in Troika) 6,940 90 days from the date of sale
unlimited for 365 days, 7 min delay (only in Troika) 24,450 365 days from the date of sale
Preferential transport card
(for Moscow pupils and students)
unlimited, 7 min delay   395 calendar month, valid in zone B but NO in surburbian zone
Single-trip fares, 1935–2018
Effective date Price Remarks
1935-05-15 50 kopecks
1935-08-01 40 kopecks with season ticket — 35 kopecks
1935-10-01 30 kopecks with season ticket — 25 kopecks
1942-05-31 40 kopecks
1948-08-16 50 kopecks Banknotes cut in value to 1/10th but most prices stayed same
1961-01-01 5 kopecks redenomination; turnstile accepted 5 kopek coin
1991-04-02 15 kopecks turnstile accepted three 5 kop coins (written 5+5+5)
1992-03-01 50 kopecks 5 kop coin replaced by turnstile token
1992-06-24 1 ruble
1992-12-01 3 rubles
1993-02-16 6 rubles
1993-06-25 10 rubles
1993-10-15 30 rubles
1994-01-01 50 rubles
1994-03-18 100 rubles
1994-06-23 150 rubles
1994-09-21 250 rubles
1994-12-20 400 rubles
1995-03-20 600 rubles
1995-07-21 800 rubles
1995-09-20 1,000 rubles
1995-12-21 1,500 rubles
1997-06-11 2,000 rubles
1998-01-01 2 rubles Redenomination due to post-Soviet period inflation
1998-09-01 3 rubles
1999-01-01 4 rubles
2000-07-15 5 rubles
2002-10-01 7 rubles
2004-04-01 10 rubles
2005-01-01 13 rubles Monorail fare is 50 rubles (25 rubles discount fare), no other tickets are valid on monorail
2006-01-01 15 rubles
2007-01-01 17 rubles
2008-01-01 19 rubles Monorail fare is equal to the metro fare (reduced to 19 rubles), and only special monthly tickets also available and valid on this line
2009-01-01 22 rubles
2010-01-01 26 rubles
2011-01-01 28 rubles Russian Railways fare in Moscow fare principles are separated and the fare did not increased (26 rubles) unlike the earlier years.
2013-01-01 28 rubles minor change: Monorail fare included in all metro fares, first transfer in 90 minutes does not charge
2013-04-02 30 rubles Single journey fare increased. Most other kinds of fares are lowered. New: 90 minute fare.
2014-01-01 30-40 rubles Single and double fare increased. 5-60 pass fare, and all 90 minute fare are stayed. Russian railway fare in Moscow increased to 28 rubles.
2016-01-01 32-50 rubles All ticket fares increased. Single fare increased to 50 rubles or 32 rubles (by Troika e-wallet). All unlimited fare are stayed.[38]
2017-01-01 35-55 rubles All ticket fares increased. Single fare increased to 55 rubles or 35 rubles (by Troika e-wallet). All |-unlimited fare are stayed.
2018-01-02 36-55 rubles Single fare increased by 1 ruble, only while paying by Troika e-wallet. 90 minutes fare increased from 54 to 56 rubles.
2019-01-02 38-55 rubles Single fare increased by 2 rubles, while paying Troika card. 90 minutes tickets increased by 3 rubles.
2019-12-09 38-55 rubles 4 of 10 railway lines included in metro fare- central zone does not require (0–2 zones), surburbian +7RUR (but 7 RUR is difference only, 2–3 zones cost 23 RUR as earlier)
2020-02-01 40-57 rubles fares increased by 2 rubles, season tickets stayed. Also opened Ostafievo in zone 5 that caused to lower some fares is you set as destation and course of another ticket
2020-04-21 40 rubles Till 2010-06-09 COVID-19 restriction: single fare tickets are eliminated, bank cards disabled till June 9, some discount ticked also blocked (dates non shown)
2020-02-01 42-60 rubles fares raised except 90/365 days

"Happy hours" for line 7 and line 15[edit]

Happy hours If you enter line 7 or line 15 (+transfer stations) on week days till 7:15am or 8:45am till 9:15am, you get 50% discount (for a Troyka/for a bank card). However your fare cost cannot have negative value (if other discounts have taken effect; such as ones at MCC/MCD or one upon having 2 passes within 90 min).

  • If you have "60 pass", "1/3 days", "30/90/365 days" tickets you get 20 RUB cashback for each day (which can be used on transport (but neither discount to next season ticket nor refund)).

There is no difference between types of transport for fare collection, the difference applies for the carrier.

The program of happy hours for Moscow Metro is targeted against "Vykhino Effect", the congestion of Line 7 via Vykhino station on rush hours.


Moscow subway growth. See or edit source data.

Since the turn of the 3rd millennium several projects have been completed, and more are underway. The first was the Annino-Butovo extension, which extended the Serpukhovsko-Timiryazevskaya Line from Prazhskaya to Ulitsa Akademika Yangelya in 2000, Annino in 2001 and Bulvar Dmitriya Donskogo in 2002. Its continuation, an elevated Butovskaya Line, was inaugurated in 2003. Vorobyovy Gory station, which initially opened in 1959 and was forced to close in 1983 after the concrete used to build the bridge was found to be defective, was rebuilt and reopened after many years in 2002. Another recent project included building a branch off the Filyovskaya Line to the Moscow International Business Center. This included Vystavochnaya (opened in 2005) and Mezhdunarodnaya (opened in 2006).

The Strogino–Mitino extension began with Park Pobedy in 2003. Its first stations (an expanded Kuntsevskaya and Strogino) opened in January 2008, and Slavyansky Bulvar followed in September. Myakinino, Volokolamskaya and Mitino opened in December 2009. Myakinino station was built by a state-private financial partnership, unique in Moscow Metro history.[39] A new terminus, Pyatnitskoye Shosse, was completed in December 2012.

Alma-Atinskaya (opened 2012)

After many years of construction, the long-awaited Lyublinskaya Line extension was inaugurated with Trubnaya in August 2007 and Sretensky Bulvar in December of that year. In June 2010, it was extended northwards with the Dostoyevskaya and Maryina Roscha stations. In December 2011, the Lyublinskaya Line was expanded southwards by three stations and connected to the Zamoskvoretskaya Line, with the Alma-Atinskaya station opening on the latter in December 2012. The Kalininskaya Line was extended past the Moscow Ring Road in August 2012 with Novokosino station.

In 2011, works began on the Third Interchange Contour that is set to take the pressure off the Koltsevaya Line.[40] Eventually the new line will attain a shape of the second ring with connections to all lines (except Koltsevaya and Butovskaya).[41]

In 2013, the Tagansko-Krasnopresnenskaya Line was extended after several delays to the south-eastern districts of Moscow outside the Ring Road with the opening of Zhulebino and Lermontovsky Prospekt stations. Originally scheduled for 2013, a new segment of the Kalininskaya Line between Park Pobedy and Delovoy Tsentr (separate from the main part) was opened in January 2014, while the underground extension of Butovskaya Line northwards to offer a transfer to the Kaluzhsko-Rizhskaya Line was completed in February. Spartak, a station on the Tagansko-Krasnopresnenskaya Line that remained unfinished for forty years, was finally opened in August 2014. The first stage of the southern extension of the Sokolnicheskaya Line, the Troparyovo station, opened in December 2014.

Current plans[edit]

The Moscow Metro is undergoing a major expansion; current plans call for almost 150 kilometres (93 mi) of new lines to be opened between 2012 and 2022. There were 15 tunnel boring machines working in Moscow as of April 2013 with 24 planned by the end of 2013.[42][43]

In addition to major metro expansion the Moscow Government and Russian Railways plans to upgrade more commuter railways to a metro-style service, similar to the MCC. New tracks and stations are planned to be built in order to achieve this.

List of expansion projects of Moscow Metro by date
Line Terminals Length (km) Stations Status Planned
#11 Bolshaya Koltsevaya line Bolshaya Koltsevaya line Elektrozavodskaya Savyolovskaya 7.2 3 Under construction 2022
#11 Bolshaya Koltsevaya line Bolshaya Koltsevaya line Nizhegorodskaya Kakhovskaya 14.7 6 Under construction 2022-2023
#8a Solntsevskaya line Solntsevskaya line Rasskazovka Vnukovo 5.5 2 Under construction 2023
#10 Lyublinsko–Dmitrovskaya line Lyublinsko–Dmitrovskaya line Seligerskaya Fiztekh 3.9 3 Under construction 2023
#D3 Line D3 (Moscow Central Diameters) Line D3 (Moscow Central Diameters) Kryukovo Ippodrom 82 43 Under construction 2023
#16 Troitskaya line Troitskaya line Novatorskaya Kommunarka 19 7 Under construction 2023
#1 Sokolnicheskaya line Sokolnicheskaya line Kommunarka Potapovo 2.4 1 Under construction 2023
#16 Troitskaya line Troitskaya line Novatorskaya Krymskaya 7.3 3 Planned
#3 Arbatsko–Pokrovskaya line Arbatsko–Pokrovskaya line Shchyolkovskaya Golyanovo 1 Planned
#8 Kalininskaya line Kalininskaya line Tretyakovskaya Delovoy Tsentr 5.1 3 Planned
#16 Troitskaya line Troitskaya line Kommunarka Troitsk 6 Planned
#D4 Line D4 (Moscow Central Diameters) Line D4 (Moscow Central Diameters) Aprelevka Zheleznodorozhny 85 38 Under construction 2023–2024
Total 240.1 134

Metro 2[edit]

It has been alleged that a second and deeper metro system code-named "D-6",[44] designed for emergency evacuation of key city personnel in case of nuclear attack during the Cold War, exists under military jurisdiction. It is believed that it consists of a single track connecting the Kremlin, chief HQ (General StaffGenshtab), Lubyanka (FSB Headquarters), the Ministry of Defense and several other secret installations.[citation needed] There are alleged to be entrances to the system from several civilian buildings, such as the Russian State Library, Moscow State University (MSU) and at least two stations of the regular Metro. It is speculated that these would allow for the evacuation of a small number of randomly chosen civilians, in addition to most of the elite military personnel. A suspected junction between the secret system and the regular Metro is supposedly behind the Sportivnaya station on the Sokolnicheskaya Line. The final section of this system was supposedly completed in 1997.[45]


Ridership statistics
Passengers (2018) 2,500,400,000 passengers[1]
—— full-fare 1,812,900,000 passengers
—— privileged category 473,500,000 passengers
—— pupils and students 214,000,000 passengers
Maximum daily ridership 9,715,635 passengers
Revenue from fares (2005) 15.9974 billion rubles
Average passenger trip 14.93 kilometres (9.28 mi)
Line statistics
Total lines length 333.3 kilometres (207.1 mi)
Number of lines 15
Longest line Arbatsko-Pokrovskaya Line (43.5 kilometres (27.0 mi))
Shortest line Kakhovskaya Line (3.3 kilometres (2.1 mi))
Longest section StroginoKrylatskoye (6.7 kilometres (4.2 mi))
Shortest section VystavochnayaMezhdunarodnaya (502 metres (1,647 ft))
Station statistics
Number of stations 228
— transfer stations 68
— transfer points 29
— surface/elevated 16
Deepest station Park Pobedy (84 metres (276 ft))
Shallowest underground station Pechatniki
Station with the longest platform Vorobyovy Gory (Metro) (282 metres (925 ft))
Number of stations with a single entrance 73
Infrastructure statistics
Number of turnstiles with automatic control on entrances 2,374
Number of stations with escalators 125
Number of escalators 631
— including Monorail stations 18
Longest escalator 126 metres (413 ft) (Park Pobedy)
Total number of ventilation shafts 393
Number of local ventilation systems in use 4,965
Number of medical assistance points (2005) 46
Total length of all escalators 65.4 kilometres (40.6 mi)
Rolling stock statistics
Number of train maintenance depots 16
Total number of train runs per day 9,915
Average speed:  
— commercial 41.71 kilometres per hour (25.92 mph)
— technical (2005) 48.85 kilometres per hour (30.35 mph)
Total number of cars (average per day) 4,428
Cars in service (average per day) 3,397
Annual run of all cars 722,100,000 kilometres (448,700,000 mi)
Average daily run of a car 556.2 kilometres (345.6 mi)
Average passengers per car 53 people
Timetable fulfillment 99.96%
Minimum average interval 90 sec
Staff statistics
Total number of employees 34,792 people
— males 18,291 people
— females 16,448 people

Notable incidents[edit]

1977 bombing[edit]

On 8 January 1977, a bomb was reported to have killed 7 and seriously injured 33. It went off in a crowded train between Izmaylovskaya and Pervomayskaya stations.[46] Three Armenians were later arrested, charged and executed in connection with the incident.[47]

1981 station fires[edit]

In June 1981, seven bodies were seen being removed from the Oktyabrskaya station during a fire there. A fire was also reported at Prospekt Mira station about that time.[48]

1982 escalator accident[edit]

A fatal accident occurred on 17 February 1982 due to an escalator collapse at the Aviamotornaya station on the Kalininskaya Line. Eight people were killed and 30 injured due to a pileup caused by faulty emergency brakes.[49]


In 1996, an American-Russian businessman Paul Tatum was murdered at the Kiyevskaya Metro station. He was shot dead by a man carrying a concealed Kalashnikov gun.[50]

2000 bombings[edit]

On 8 August 2000, a strong blast in a Metro underpass at Pushkinskaya metro station in the center of Moscow claimed the lives of 12, with 150 injured. A homemade bomb equivalent to 800 grams of TNT had been left in a bag near a kiosk.[51]

2004 bombings[edit]

On 6 February 2004, an explosion wrecked a train between the Avtozavodskaya and Paveletskaya stations on the Zamoskvoretskaya Line, killing 41 and wounding over 100.[52] Chechen terrorists were blamed. A later investigation concluded that a Karachay-Cherkessian resident had carried out a suicide bombing. The same group organized another attack on 31 August 2004, killing 10 and injuring more than 50 others.

2005 Moscow blackout[edit]

On 25 May 2005, a citywide blackout halted operation on some lines. The following lines, however, continued operations: Sokolnicheskaya, Zamoskvoretskaya from Avtozavodskaya to Rechnoy Vokzal, Arbatsko-Pokrovskaya, Filyovskaya, Koltsevaya, Kaluzhsko-Rizhskaya from Bitsevskiy Park to Oktyabrskaya-Radialnaya and from Prospekt Mira-Radialnaya to Medvedkovo, Tagansko-Krasnopresnenskaya, Kalininskaya, Serpukhovsko-Timiryazevskaya from Serpukhovskaya to Altufyevo and Lyublinskaya from Chkalovskaya to Dubrovka.[53] There was no service on the Kakhovskaya and Butovskaya lines. The blackout severely affected the Zamoskvoretskaya and Serpukhovsko-Timiryazevskaya lines, where initially all service was disrupted because of trains halted in tunnels in the southern part of city (most affected by the blackout). Later, limited service resumed and passengers stranded in tunnels were evacuated. Some lines were only slightly impacted by the blackout, which mainly affected southern Moscow; the north, east and western parts of the city experienced little or no disruption.[53]

2006 billboard incident[edit]

Site of construction pile incident on next day after event (2006)

On 19 March 2006, a construction pile from an unauthorized billboard installation was driven through a tunnel roof, hitting a train between the Sokol and Voikovskaya stations on the Zamoskvoretskaya Line. No injuries were reported.[54]

2010 bombing[edit]

On 29 March 2010, two bombs exploded on the Sokolnicheskaya Line, killing 40 and injuring 102 others. The first bomb went off at the Lubyanka station on the Sokolnicheskaya Line at 7:56, during the morning rush hour.[55] At least 26 were killed in the first explosion, of which 14 were in the rail car where it took place. A second explosion occurred at the Park Kultury station at 8:38, roughly forty minutes after the first one.[55] Fourteen people were killed in that blast. The Caucasus Emirate later claimed responsibility for the bombings.

2014 pile incident[edit]

On 25 January 2014, at 15:37 a construction pile from a Moscow Central Circle construction site was driven through a tunnel roof between Avtozavodskaya and Kolomenskaya stations on the Zamoskvoretskaya Line. The train operator applied emergency brakes, and the train did not crash into the pile. Passengers were evacuated from the tunnel, with no injures reported. The normal line operation resumed the same day at 19:50.[56]

2014 derailment[edit]

On 15 July 2014, a train derailed between Park Pobedy and Slavyansky Bulvar on the Arbatsko-Pokrovskaya Line, killing 24 people and injuring dozens more.[57][58]

In popular culture[edit]

The Moscow Metro is the central location and namesake for the Metro series, where during a nuclear war, Moscow's inhabitants are driven down into the Moscow Metro, which has been designed as a fallout shelter, with the various stations being turned into makeshift settlements.

In 2012, an art film was released about a catastrophe in the Moscow underground.[59]

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Further reading[edit]

  • Winchester, Clarence, ed. (1936), "Moscow's underground", Railway Wonders of the World, pp. 894–899 illustrated contemporary description of the Moscow underground
  • Sergey Kuznetsov/ Alexander Zmeul/ Erken Kagarov: Hidden Urbanism: Architecture and Design of the Moscow Metro 1935–2015. Berlin 2016, ISBN 978-3869224121.

External links[edit]

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