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MOSCOW, May 17 (Itar-Tass) - Spartak station of Moscow’s Tagansko-Krasnopresnenskaya metro line /traditionally marked on the city plans and maps with the crimson color/ is in the phase of active construction works now, Mayor Sergei Sobyanin said Friday.
The station is being built by the side of the Spartak stadium, which is being erected on territory of the former Tushino airfield, and both will be commissioned practically simultaneously.
“I think we’ll open the station and the stadium in 2014,” Sobyanin said at a meeting with officials of the Northwest Administrative District.
He recalled that one more station, Pyatnitskoye Shosse was commissioned on the territory of the district last December. “A stable flow of passengers has formed at the station over the four and a half months that have passed since then - it is servicing about 14,000 passengers a day,” Sobyanin said.
Further plans for the development of metro lines in the district are closely connected with the emergence of the so-called Third Rapid Transit Contour, which is destined to take off a part of passenger loads from the city’s downtown Circular Line and to provide a fair walking access to the metro system for the residents of a number of densely populated areas where the metro service is still absent.
“Construction of new lines and stations of the metro is the first part of the city program for ramification of the metro network,” Sobyanin said. “The second - and no less important - part is the integration of various types of public transport - railway, metro, and busses - at complex transition junctions. Very unfortunately, today the latter fall short of smoothly performing the functions vested in them.”
Sobyanin admitted that dozens of thousands of people do not have elementary services or comfort for making transitions at these junctions today.
“We’ve completed several upgrade projects, though, and there are intercepting parking facilities near Strogino and Volokolamskaya stations but that’s just the beginning of this huge work,” he said. “All in all, a total of eighteen transition junctions will be built in the /Northwest Administrative/ District and some of them will appear already before the end of this year.”