History of Moscow’s “A” streetcar route

Wednesday, 14 April 2010 06:55

The first electric streetcar drove through Moscow’s streets on April 6, 1899. In the early 20th century the streetcar’s colorful carriages became one of the most popular public transport means in Moscow and circled the Garden Ring at three-minute intervals.
One of Moscow’s most famous routes, circling the Boulevard Ring in downtown Moscow, opened in 1911. You could drive through all of the city’s ten boulevards. Twenty-five years later, the A route, which Muscovites lovingly called a girl name, “Annushka,” was shortened during the city’s reconstruction. By 1971 it was a quarter of its former length. Nowadays a streetcar with an “A” instead of a number runs only through three boulevards: Yauzsky, Pokrovsky and Chistoprudny.

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