Night Bus Service to Begin in September

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

He pointed out that Moscow is one of just a handful of major cities in the world without public transportation available at night, 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, creating a need for public transportation after the metro closes its doors at 1 a.m.

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

The first night routes will include the existing trolley bus route connecting Luzhniki Stadium and VDNKh metro station, the trolley route that runs around the Garden Ring, and the tram route from Chistiye Prudy to Ulitsa Akademika Yangelya in the city's far south.

A special night-only bus route will also 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 to 1,500 people each night, Lenta.ru reported.