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MOSCOW, July 30 (Itar-Tass) —— Sapsan high-speed trains running between Moscow and Nizhny Novgorod have transported over half a million passengers in the first year of operation.
On the average, 70 percent of places on the trains were occupied. Sapsan trains started running between the two cities on July 30, 2010.
Nizhny Novgorod has become the second city, after St. Petersburg, to which Sapsan trains run in Russia. They travel the distance of 442 kilometres from Moscow over 3 hours and 55 minutes, saving almost two hours of travel time as compared to regular trains.
Sapsan trains make two round trips daily, but during the period of mass summer vacations or public holidays they run more often and are almost fully booked.
The high-speed Sapsan trains were first presented to the general public on December 17, 2009 when the first of them left Moscow to St. Petersburg.