MOSCOW, March 17, /ITAR-TASS/. As many as 4,764,000 passengers were carried to Sochi by rail during the Olympic and Paralympic games, a source in the Russian Railways (RZhD) Company told Itar-Tass.
Nearly 860,000 passengers were carried by suburban trains during the Paralympic Games in Sochi held from March 7-16. “The passenger transportation was proportionate to the number of competitions in the mountain and coastal clusters,” said the source. On an average, 86,000 passengers a day travelled by suburban trains.
The peak of passenger transportation was reached on March 7 and March 16, the opening and closing days of the Paralympic Games, said the source. Over 134,000 passengers were carried by suburban trains on March 16, more than on March 7, the opening day of the Paralympics, when 110,800 passengers travelled by suburban trains.
There was a special schedule of suburban trains “Lastochka” (“Swallow”) for the convenience of athletes, fans and guests. There were 36 Adler-Airport runs a day, 75 runs between Sochi and Krasnaya Polyana, 81 Sochi-Olympic Park runs and 14 runs between the Olympic Park and Krasnaya Polyana.
There were extra runs in all directions to meet the needs. During the Olympics and Paralympics travel on all the routes was free, the source noted.