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Moscow - transport, Russia

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Moscow has four airports, Sheremetyevo International Airport, Domodedovo International Airport, Bykovo Airport, and Vnukovo International Airport

Local transportation includes the Moscow Metro, an excellent metro (subway) system, filled with art, murals, and mosaics. Begun in 1935, it has 11 lines and more than 170 stations. It is not uncommon to see ornate chandeliers lighting the stations. The system is the world's busiest, with 9 million passengers every day and trains every 90 seconds at peak times. Heavy traffic and active construction, 2003

As Metro stations are placed quite far apart in comparison to other cities, up to 4km, an extensive bus network radiates from each station to the surrounding residential zones. The buses are very frequent, often more than one a minute, and very cheap at about $0.35. Every large street in the city is served by at least one bus route and none of the city's 13,000 apartment blocks are more than a few minutes walk from a stop. There are also tram and trolleybus networks. Relatively few people commute via car within the city because it is plagued by traffic jams; however, most middle-class families own a car for use on weekends and holidays. According to some estimates, there are over 2.5 million cars in the city on a daily basis (2004).

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