Night Bus Service to Begin in September

Four nighttime transportation routes will begin operating on Sept. 1, acting Mayor Sergei Sobyanin said at a city government meeting Friday.

He pointed out that Moscow is one of few global cities without public transportation available at nighttime, Interfax reported.

Acting Deputy Mayor for transportation Maxim Liksutov noted that many of the city's retail outlets and restaurants operate 24 hours a day, which creates a necessity for public transportation after the metro begins closing at 1 a.m.

People working night shifts or late hours — doctors, transportation employees, construction workers and entertainers — will also benefit, the official said.

The first night routes will include the existing trolley bus route connecting Luzhniki Stadium and VDNKh metro station, a trolley route on the Garden Ring and the tram route from Chistiye Prudy to Ulitsa Yangelya.

A special night-only bus route will be introduced from Sheremetyevo airport to Leninsky Prospekt.

All night buses will operate on 30 minute intervals and charge the same fares as during regular hours.

City authorities expect that the night service will be used by 1,000-1,500 people every night, Lenta.ru reported.