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Moscow public transit use finally decreases amid COVID-19 response measures
2:59 pm, April 2, 2020
Moscow’s Transit Department issued a
comparing ridership in the period leading up to April 2 to the equivalent period in 2019. The department added that roads in Russia’s capital were carrying 86 percent less traffic on April 2 than they had been three weeks previously. March 30 marked the beginning of a non-work week throughout Russia. Today’s numbers stand in stark contrast to the department’s statistics from March 20. By that time, significant community spread of COVID-19 had already been observed in Moscow, but ridership in every public transport service except for the metro had decreased by
less than a quarter
, with metro use down by 30 percent.
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