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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

New Metro Stations Pushed Back to 2009

Several new metro stations that had been slated to open in 2008 have been pushed back at least one year, metro chief Dmitry Gayev said Tuesday.

The stations could be further postponed by lack of funds, given that Gayev has asked for more money than is available, city officials said.

The discussion took place at Tuesday's weekly City Hall meeting.

At the heart of the metro expansion plan are the light blue, dark blue and light green lines. The dark blue line is to be extended farther northwest, while the light green line will eventually traverse central Moscow.

The section of the dark blue line connecting the Park Pobedy and Strogino stations is still scheduled to open next year, Gayev said. But the new Volokolamskaya station, on the dark blue line, will now open in 2009.

The new light green stretch will connect the Chkalovskaya and Marina Roshcha metro stations. The extension will be divided into two phases. The first phase, connecting the Chkalovskaya and Trubnaya stations, has been under construction for years and is slated to be finished in 2007. The second phase, connecting the Trubnaya and Marina Roshcha stations, is now expected to be done in 2009, as is the extension of the dark blue line.

The metro expansion project is expected to reduce traffic considerably.

The Strogino extension is expected to alleviate traffic on three major highways in the northwestern part of the city, said Viktor Kozlov, the prefect of the Northwestern Administrative District -- the Leningradskoye Shosse, Volokolamskoye Shosse and Rublyovskoye Shosse.

The light green line extension will cut congestion on the purple line, Gayev said. Gayev's plan calls for 83 billion rubles ($3.1 billion), 80 percent of which comes from the city and 20 percent from the federal government. Of that money, funds to be spent in 2009 alone account for 35.5 billion -- far more, First Deputy Mayor Yury Roslyak said, than government officials can pony up.

The government approved the plan in principle, but Roslyak ordered Gayev to revise the spending proposals.

Also on Tuesday, the city's housing maintenance and beautification department asked for 100 new tow trucks to remove improperly parked vehicles on Tverskaya Ulitsa and other arteries. The department now has 100 trucks.