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Moscow Public Transport Guide to Be Created in Five Languages

Moscow's public transport system, while generally excellent, is still hard for foreigners to navigate. Denis Abramov

Moscow Metro has announced a tender for the development of a multi-language transport guidebook that will make it easier for people to get around the city.

The guide will be published in Russian, English, French, German and Chinese and will contain maps of the city, the metro system, as well as bicycle, water and pedestrian routes, according to the tender, published on the government's procurement website.

Timetables and routes of all public transport in Moscow and a map show the locations of bicycle hire stations will also be included, Interfax reported Friday.

It will also provide information on Moscow's sights, parks and hotels. The guide will be distributed at metro stations, airports, railway stations and department stores.

The contract winner must create 5,000 copies of the guide in each of the five languages and a short version of the guide in Russian within 270 days. They will also have to update the guide every six months and create a version of the guide for mobile phones.

The contract is worth 101 million rubles ($3 million) and the winner is expected to be announced on Dec.19.

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