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MOSCOW, February 27. /ITAR-TASS/. Long distance trains brought more than 600,000 passengers to Sochi, the host city of the 2014 Winter Olympic Games, between January 25 and February 25, sources from Russian Railways told Tass on Thursday.
The so-called “Olympic schedule” was in place on the Russian Black Sea coast during that period of time. All in all, there were 405 train runs on the “Olympic schedule”. Additional trains were bringing passengers from Moscow, St. Petersburg, Saratov, Ufa, Samara and Chelyabinsk. Commuter trains were connecting Sochi with region’s cities of Krasnodar, Mineralnye Vody and Rostov. February 2, 6, 12, 14 and 18 were the peak dates, when 11,000 to 14,000 passengers arrived in Sochi daily. The biggest number of passengers, more than 20,000, left Sochi on February 24, a railway company representative said.
He said more than 38,000 passengers had bought tickets to two-story train N104/103 connecting Moscow and Adler (a district of Sochi). Also two special two-story trains brought the Combined Children’s Choir of Russia for the closing ceremony.
As for the upcoming Paralympic Games, there will be 161 train runs between March 5 and 18. The “peak” arrival dates are expected on March 5 and 6, while the “peak” departure dates are March 9 and 17.