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Russian trains to end reliance on Moscow time

July 25, 2018

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia’s passenger trains reliably run on time — though that in itself can be a matter of confusion. Even in far-flung parts of the huge country, the schedules until now have always been in Moscow time.

The national railway operator RZD on Wednesday announced that from now on it will announce all train departures and arrivals in local time. That’s a change of seven hours for passengers in Vladivostok, the eastern end of the Trans-Siberian route.

Beginning Aug. 1, “information about the arrival and departure of trains will be displayed on electronic boards, platform signs and station clocks and transmitted by loudspeakers in local time,” RZD said in a statement.

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