New Moscow metro station inaugurated
Moscow saw the inauguration of a new above-ground metro station earlier this week, Matveevskaya. The station is part of the Moscow Central Diameter 4 urban railway project (MCD), which links the city proper with the surrounding Moscow Region.
The opening of Matveevskaya marks the seventh inauguration of an MCD station this year and caters to a district with 270.000 inhabitants. At some 11,000 passengers per day, city officials are forecasting relatively low numbers of commuters at Matveevskaya in the preliminary stages of the MCD 4.
The fourth MCD includes the greatest number of interchange stations of the Moscow circular lines to date (18). Upon completion, the MCD 4 can accommodate some 455.000 passengers per day.
The 5.900-square metre Matveevskaya station is built on the location of an existing station, which had become obsolete. The new station now features electronic information boards, restrooms, elevators and escalators. Infrared heaters have been installed to help passengers on the platforms brace the harsh weather conditions in winter.
The MCD 4 is scheduled for completion in 2023 and will include 39 stops across 86 kilometers or rail.