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Moscow Residents Turn to Ride-Sharing as Congestion Grows Throughout the City

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Moscow residents are trying out a new way to get around Russia’s capital city
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Moscow is one of the world’s largest cities. As such, the Russian capital is also one of the world’s most congested cities in terms of on-road traffic.

In response, an increasing number of Moscow residents have turned to ride-sharing as a way to travel.

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During the past few years, the city of Moscow has cut the number of parking spaces in the city to encourage residents to find another means of getting around. At the same time, the city also increased parking fees to as much as $20 per day.

In their search for an alternative means to navigate the city, several city denizens have begun to participate in ride-sharing initiatives. Back in 2016, there were only about 45,000 car-sharing journeys for the entire year.

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So far this year, estimates place the number of car-sharing journey at somewhere around 9.1 million. Indeed, the number of ride-sharing journeys has grown to somewhere between 30,000 and 60,000 per day.

Moscow isn’t yet the world capital of ride-sharing. In Washington, D.C., there is one car shared per 692 residents. However, the Russian capital has come quite close to that number this year, with an estimated one car shared per 1,082 residents.

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Not everyone in Moscow is ready to give up vehicle ownership. For many in Russia, owning a car is something of a status symbol.

At the same time, many Moscow natives have decided to forego the headaches that come with owning a vehicle in favor of a taxi or other ride-sharing method. For them, it’s no more worrying about fuel costs, car insurance or parking fees.

News Source: Reuters