Today, for the first time in 17 years, a city river tram began to operate in Moscow. Mayor Sergei Sobyanin said that electric trams will be used both as passenger and tourist transport. You can pay for the trip with a Troika card.
In 2023, two routes of urban river transport will be gradually launched. The first one will run from Avtozavodsky bridge to Pechatniki, the second one – from Filey to Kievsky railway station.
In Moscow, river trams arose under the tsar – one of the first regular services was established by the shipping company of the Okunev brothers, which was nationalized after the Bolshevik coup. The Moscow City Council launched the first city water tram line in 1923, and river transport operated in Moscow almost without interruption until the end of the 20th century.
The 1960s became the peak of the development of Moscow river trams. After the collapse of the USSR, the lines were recognized as unprofitable, and most of the ships were sold to private carriers. In recent years, there was no regular river transport in Moscow – trams were used for pleasure trips and excursions.