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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Moscow to Open Monorail in 2003

City Hall plans to spend about 500 million rubles ($17 million) over the next year constructing a monorail link in northeastern Moscow, officials said Monday.

The Moscow City Duma approved Friday a 7-kilometer-long electric monorail stretching between metros Babushkinskaya and Timiryazevskaya. Construction is to kick off this year and the line is to open in 2003.

Alexei Barkhatov, deputy head of Moskovskoye Monorelsovye Dorogi, a company set up by the city to undertake the project, said the monorail will take pressure off public transport running between the All-Russian Exhibition Center area and Dmitrovskoye Shosse.

Barkhatov refused to say how much the project would cost.

Local media reports put the price tag of the planned monorail at 3 billion rubles.

The monorail will run on metal columns six to seven meters above the ground, Barkhatov said.

The columns will be built at Voronezhstalmost, a factory specializing in manufacturing components for bridges.

Barkhatov said that in addition to being noiseless and environmentally friendly, the monorail would take less time to construct than a new metro line.

The monorail trains will run at a speed of about 40 kilometers per hour and carry up to 4,000 people an hour, Barkhatov said.

Intervals between the stations will be 800 to 1,000 meters to ensure that people will be able to reach the nearest station by foot and not have to take public transport.

Barkhatov said 13 stations are planned between the terminals at Babushkinskaya and Timiryazevskaya and the trip between the two metros will take 12 to 15 minutes.