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New Auto Terminal Opened
24 July 2008By Jeremy Ventuso / Special to The
Moscow Region -- The first in a series of new terminals designed to increase
the volume of cars carried by rail across the country was unveiled 90
kilometers south of
Double-decker car transporters loaded with KIA hatchbacks on both levels were on display at the 1.2 billion ruble ($50 million) Mikhnevo terminal at a ceremony attended by officials and investors. The wagons are the first of their kind in
"This will help take pressure off the overburdened roads by shifting more freight traffic onto our railway network," said Viktor Ivanov, general director of RailTransAuto, the company that is setting up the terminals.
A spokeswoman for RTA, which is 51 percent-owned by state-owned Russian Railways, or RZD, and 49 percent owned by TransGroup, a freight and logistics company, said the Mikhnevo depot can currently store about 5,300 cars. The terminal can also serve as a repository for shipping containers, but cars are the focus.
The project to transport cars by rail comes as
There are seven other hubs in the intended network, in
Ilkka Seppanen, director of cargo transport for Finnish Railways, said 1 million cars per year were expected to come to