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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Poor Planning Means Longer Drive

Muscovites drive 25 percent to 30 percent farther than drivers in well-planned cities because of the city’s poor road planning, said Mikhail Blinkin, director of science for the Scientific Research Institute for the Transport and Public Roads System.  

The main reason for excess driving is the limited number of connections between city streets and main thoroughfares, Blinkin wrote in Expert magazine.  

Blinkin also criticized the city’s plan to 2025, saying the new roads that are planned will be built over old streets and will destroy local side streets and sidewalks.

Instead, the city should build roads that pass under railways to improve connectivity throughout the city, he said, adding that such a strategy would cost less money.