5 Surprising Facts About the Moscow Metro
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Due to the notorious traffic on the streets,the Moscow metro, though one of the youngest city transport systems, is one of the most popular among citizens and tourists. The metro carries about nine million people every day, with the minimum headway being only 90 seconds – these are the best figures in the world.
1 Have you ever noticed that when a train moves toward the city center a male voice announces the stations,but when it moves toward the suburbs,announcements are made by a female voice? On circular lines the principle is as follows: when the train moves clockwise a male voice is used, and when it moves counter-clockwise it switches to a female’s voice. This is done in order to help blind people.
2 For the last 60 years, more than 100 billion passengers were transported on 139 million trains, and 99.93% has proceeded on schedule.
The length of Metro-2 is rumored to exceed that of the public Metro. It is said to have four lines and to connect the Kremlin with the Federal Security Service headquarters, in addition to other locations of national importance.