Russian President Vladimir Putin and Moscow Mayor Sergey Sobyanin opened the first year-round river electric transport route on the Moskva River. Traffic has been launched between Kievsky and Heart of the Capital berths. Six berth stops are in operation and other stops will start operation when the infrastructure is ready. (Earlier post.)
There are 8 electric vessels on the 6.5 km route, named after the Moscow rivers: Sinichka, Setun, Presnya, Filka, Skhodnya, Ramenka, Yauza and Neglinka. Each can accommodate up to 50 passengers, and there are seats for people with disabilities.
The main elements of the vessels are Russian-made, including all the software. The cabin is equipped with information screens and USB charging, there are areas for transporting scooters and bicycles.
Passengers can pay fare on the river with a Troika card, bank card, including one loaded into the phone or by biometrics. Holders of Unified tickets for 90 or 365 days will be able to use the river transport for free—the cost of travel is already included in the ticket.
The launch of domestic electric vessels, which we carried out under the personal leadership of the Moscow Mayor Sergey Sobyanin, is a unique project not only for Russia, but for the whole world. There is no year-round all-electric water transport anywhere else but our city. Today, Moscow is not only a leader in the use of electric transport, but also a center for the development and implementation of its most innovative models. River electric vessels will operate as an alternative mode of urban transport, on a predictable schedule at short headways.—Maksim Liksutov, the Deputy Mayor of Moscow for transport