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Moscow transformed

My Street project based on Big Data approach has attracted $1.6 billion investment in city transformation to create a better place to live

The newly transformed Triumfalnaya square
The newly transformed Triumfalnaya square

The government in Moscow has completed the world’s largest redevelopment project, which has transformed Moscow into a citizen-centric city, and improving life for those that live there.


The road to transformation began in 2014, when a research team analysed population density, vehicular and pedestrian traffic, the efficiency of public transport routes, using big data and data modeling.


A total of two hundred and thirty three streets have been renovated and walking areas – expanded by up to 200 per cent providing dozens of brand-new picturesque pedestrian areas.


Thanks to a smart transport system, traffic speeds have increased by ten per cent and traffic capacity by twenty five per cent. The number of ground transport passengers has risen by 50 per cent.


The city government has used the e-voting platform known as Active Citizen to engage Moscow residents in the decision- making process and influence the redevelopment programme.


Over 500 000 citizens were asked about specific urban and landscape designs to be created, trees to be planted, new public transport routes to be launched, the list of the streets to be renovated first as well as materials to be used amongst other things.


Chief Information Officer of the Department of Information Technology Artem Ermolaev has said that despite the challenging and complicated nature of the programme, the redevelopment has resulted in an extremely positive transformation of the city that will continue to have an impact for years to come.


“Such large-scale projects and their results are undoubtedly worth it,” he said.


An unprecedented 2417 historical buildings gave been renovated, 11,369 smart traffic lights deployed, 12,788 trees planted, 20 kilometers of new bike paths created, four hundred modern bus stops with free WI-FI and USB charging stations installed plus free public Wi-Fi with seamless handover in the city center.




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