Planned transport chaos begins in the southeast of Moscow

This is due to the closure of part of the Lublin metro line

Moscow is already accustomed to temporary closings of stations and entire sections of metro lines: they are “spliced” by compensating buses. The closure of the section of the Lublin radius from Dubrovka to Volzhskaya from May 1 to 23 this year has become one of the most ambitious. Transport workers really tried to do everything to distribute passenger flows from the densely populated areas of Lyublino and Maryino to the center. But it looks like we got a little carried away: the detour scheme may be effective, but very complex.

There are three compensating bus routes – traditionally called KM – three at once. This is a Moscow record. Moreover, the first of them, KM1, runs from the Volzhskaya metro station (where communication from the southeast is interrupted) by the traditional for experienced Lubliners route to the Tekstilshchiki station of Tagansky radius, and the other two repeat the metro line from Dubrovka from – West: they walk along Yuzhnoportovaya Street to Kozhukhovskaya and the famous car market, and from there, by natural gardens, to Pechatniki and further to Volzhskaya. In other words, those who travel from the center along the light green line have no alternative route KM2 (KM3) to Pechatniki or Volzhskaya, respectively, but those who travel from the southeast have a choice: KM1 to Tekstilshchikov or KM3 to Dubrovka.

If you read the posters pasted around the station lobbies or take a copy from an employee with a megaphone (according to the established tradition, employees of the Passenger Mobility Center and other transport services have been mobilized to provide this compensation), you can see that there are at least five bypass routes proposed. The fourth – through a transfer “at the end of geography” (from “Zyablikovo” to “Krasnogvardeyskaya”), and the fifth – through the MCD (the trains of the Kursk direction stop at “Lyublino”, “Pererva”, “Kuryanovo”, and are also linked to the station “Tsaritsyno” and the same “Textile workers”).

Why is it so hard? Transport workers, it seems, plainly admit why, right in the information leaflets: “The buses KM and the Tagansko-Krasnopresnenskaya line are overloaded.” Taking the busy Lublin radius to the center is not a problem now, on the half-days of the first decade of May. But God knows what will start on the 11th, and one KM route (for example, along the current KM3 highway) would not have survived here. Not because there are few buses – there are just enough of them (another question, which routes in May will lack outings on the line and will be at extended intervals). It’s just that the route itself from Dubrovka to Volzhskaya is not so straight and not wide at all.

From “Dubrovka” you go upstairs and immediately hear an automatic announcer’s voice from portable megaphones (yes, now, in a normal situation, employees are silent, megaphones are broadcasting the recording): buses – to the right. On the surface, it turns out that the transport workers again applied the scheme with the KM stops located at a distance of one hundred meters from the lobby. Moreover, you have to walk along a plank temporary platform along buses that have already come up, but do not open the doors: landing, as the same megaphones suggest, only in the first one that came up. And because order is order: who will be loaded on the first buses if everyone gets into those doors that are closer?

The buses themselves are brand new and uniformly blue. But the track is really winding like a rally: along the South port you have to go through the territory of the reconstructed industrial zone, and this is a narrow street, one lane in one direction, sandwiched between concrete fences. It is completely transferred to buses for these days, blocked. The traffic flow drenches buses with exhaust gases at intersections with traffic lights. In addition, 90-degree turns on narrow passages divided into two separate lines are a real torment for drivers: the “brick” sign, for example, placed at the very beginning, is constantly knocked down. Simply because the dimensions of the bus are not under the lanes, which are narrowed by necessity.

The journey by KM3 from Dubrovka to Volzhskaya took almost half an hour – this is without taking into account the traffic jams that can occur on weekdays. Back on KM1 – to “Textiles” – in short, 18 minutes, taking into account the traffic lights. On weekdays, there can really be pandemonium here, especially given the extreme workload of the Tagansky radius (“Vykhino” has long been a proverb among transport workers and passengers). It is therefore understandable why they have drawn such a complex scheme of as many as five variants of “compensation” (three of which work, in principle, in peacetime). The more options, the freer each of the communication channels.

But here’s what’s interesting. The leaflets were written and the diagram drawn by obvious professionals – those who are well familiar with the term “multimodality”. This is the ability to move around the city in many ways, combining and alternating them depending on the goals, route, time of day and year and other factors. It is assumed that already now a person leaving the house is weighing several route options in their minds (including using a taxi, car sharing, bicycles, scooters, and so on) and chooses the best one. And transport workers gently tell him this optimum – for example, Deptrans is already close to developing a mobile super-application with just such functionality.

And there are people who are conscious of their movements, there are already a lot of them. For them, the new schemes and advanced organization of the KM routes are intended. And here is how ordinary residents of Pechatnikov and Brateyev, who get to work, will react to the new product, sometimes in a half-asleep state … Let’s wait for everyday life and hope for the best!

Published in the newspaper “Moskovsky Komsomolets” No. 28531 dated May 5, 2021

Newspaper headline:
Taxi route booked to Dubrovka

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