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Moscow public transit use finally decreases amid COVID-19 response measures

Source: Meduza
Moscow’s Transit Department issued a <a href="https://t.me/DtRoad/2488" target="_blank">report</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 <a href="https://meduza.io/en/short/2020/03/20/moscow-public-transit-usage-has-decreased-by-less-than-a-third-this-month-as-coronavirus-infections-spread" target="_blank">less than a quarter</a>, with metro use down by 30 percent.
Moscow’s Transit Department issued a report 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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