Historic tram in Moscow

Moscow’s trams system celebrated 125th anniversary

Historic tram in Moscow Moscow Metro

On 6 April 2024, the Moscow Tram System celebrated its 125th anniversary. Dating back to 1899, it is the oldest urban rail transport system in the Russian capital. Festivities were organised to look back at the system’s evolution. In a special press release, MTS shows how the tram models evolved over the years, since 1907.

The celebration began with a grand parade along Lesnaya Street on Saturday, showcasing a diverse collection of trams spanning different eras, according to a Moscow Metro press release.

Historic tram in Moscow during the anniversary parade this year. (Photo: Moscow Metro)
Historic tram in Moscow during the anniversary parade this year. (Photo: Moscow Metro)

Evolution of Moscow’s tram system

Since its inception, the Moscow tram has played a crucial role in the city’s urban rail transport network. Over the years, the system has undergone significant transformations, transitioning from last-generation trams with high floors and turnstile access at the first door to modern, low-floor vehicles.

Evolution of the trams in use in Moscow (Photo: Moscow Metro)

Future of the network

Moscow has emerged as a leader in tram network development and infrastructure within Russia, introducing over 500 modern trams since 2017, with plans to add 200 more by 2030.

Deputy Mayor for Transport, Maksim Liksutov, highlighted the system’s growth, revealing that modern tram services now facilitate over 600,000 commuter trips on weekdays, with passenger numbers steadily rising. Liksutov emphasised Mayor Sergey Sobyanin’s commitment to modernising the tram fleet, with 95 per cent of the current fleet manufactured in Russia.

As Moscow reflects on 125 years of tram heritage, the city looks towards the future, aiming for a more connected, efficient, and sustainable urban transport system, states Moscow Metro in a press release.

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Author: Emma Dailey

Emma Dailey is an editor at RailTech.com and RailTech.be.

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