According to the latest figures, 88.8 million passengers were transported on the rail network belonging to Russian Railways in March 2017, 11.8% more than in March 2016. Suburban commuter passenger numbers amounted to 82 million, an increase of 12.9%, while long-distance passengers rose 0.3% to 6.8 million.
Passenger turnover in March 2017 amounted to 7.7 billion passenger-kilometres, 1.4% less than in the same month of 2016. Suburban passenger turnover was 2.42 billion passenger-kilometres, an increase of 3.7%, while long-distance passenger turnover fell to 5.23 billion passenger kilometres, a decline of 3.7%.
In January-March 2017, the rail infrastructure belonging to Russian Railways carried 242.8 million passengers, an increase of 10.1% compared to January-March 2016. Long-distance passenger numbers rose slightly to 20.5 million passengers, an increase of 0.2%, while suburban passengers amounted to 222.4 million, a jump of 11.2%.
Passenger turnover on the Russian Railways’ network in the first quarter of 2017 decreased by 0.9% compared to the first quarter of the previous year and amounted to 23 billion pass-km. Suburban commuter passenger turnover amounted to 6.81 billion passenger-km, up 4.9%, while long-distance passenger turnover fell to 16.14 billion passenger-km, a decrease of 3.1%.
During the first quarter of 2017, the Moscow Central Ring (MCR) carried 23.2 million passengers.
In March 2017, more than 9.2 million passengers on the MCR travelled on the Lastochka electric trains.
On 14 March 2017, the Moscow Central Ring carried 364,600 passengers, a record since it was launched on 10 September 2016.