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The Russian Ministry Of Transport Confirmed Its Intention To Switch To Free Public Transport By 2035

The Russian Ministry Of Transport Confirmed Its Intention To Switch To Free Public Transport By 2035

The Ministry of Transport confirmed its commitment to the idea of switching to free public transport by 2035, subject to the expansion of toll roads for motorists, the Ministry said in a statement.

It is noted that the draft transport strategy of Russia for the period up to 2035 was prepared by the Ministry of transport and sent for approval to the government that the project was approved and instructed to finalize it, in terms of prioritization and possible adjustment of the objective component of the included projects.

"The draft transport strategy considered and mostly approved at the government meeting contained proposals for the introduction of the "user pays" mechanism, which provides for the transition to toll payments for all categories of road users, including the road network of urban agglomerations, by 2035. The project also provided for the possibility of switching to free use of public transport in urban agglomerations, " the Agency explains.

Further, the draft strategy was finalized at the government site, and the provisions on the introduction of the "user-pay" mechanism and the possibility of switching to free use of public transport in urban agglomerations were preserved in the project, the Ministry of transport emphasizes.

"The development of the "user pays" principle is one of the mechanisms for implementing the transport strategy aimed at ensuring the maintenance of transport infrastructure, regulating its use by citizens and carriers, as well as stimulating the use of public transport and reducing the use of personal vehicles in large cities and urban agglomerations," the report also says.

The Ministry of transport adds that the document is currently being finalized taking into account the unified plan for achieving the national development goals of the Russian Federation until 2024 and for the planning period until 2030, the new forecast of socio-economic development of Russia for the period up to 2023, as well as adjustments to national projects carried out following the decision of the presidential Council for strategic development and national projects.

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