In accordance with the 2030 Transport Development Strategy (recall that it was adopted back in 2008), special attention will be given to rapid and high-speed rail lines, which can achieve very high speeds: the high-speed rail lines should be able to run up to 400 km/h. They are, of course, completely different railways.
Dmitry Medvedev, Prime Minister of the Russian Federation.
The high-speed railway will definitely give our region a new boost. We are extremely interested in implementing the Moscow-Kazan high-speed rail line project and commissioning before the start of sports events at the FIFA World Cup in 2018. The high-speed rail line in this case will become an important component in providing transportation support for the World Cup, as it will link three cities that are holding matches – Moscow, Nizhny Novgorod and Kazan.
We are doing everything to ensure that this project is implemented.
Rustam Minnikhanov, President of the Republic of Tatarstan
The construction of the high-speed rail line and its current apparent Moscow-Kazan main line present a definite area and an entire field for innovation. In this case, we are tasked with implementing of a range of solutions and innovations connected not only with multiple units traveling at speeds of up to 400 km/h, but also with providing appropriate infrastructure, a management system, and traffic safety.
Maksim Sokolov, Minister of Transport of the Russian Federation