There’s another kind of commuter in Moscow – canine commuters.
The Moscow Metro, which is the second most heavily used subway in the world, is home to about 500 dogs at any one time, and that isn’t counting the dogs that board the cars daily. The homeless dog population numbers reach 35,000 in Russia’s capital and many of these dogs have learned to use to public transit. Some of them spend all day on the subway, wandering from car to car in search of a friendly face and scrap of food. Others ride from the suburbs into the city each day, following the crowds of generous people. The third kind of canine commuters get off and on at different stops, giving the impression that they’re headed somewhere in particular.
Andrey Poyarkov, a biologist who has studied Moscow’s stray dogs for more than thirty years, told ABC News: ‘In Moscow there are all sorts of stray dogs, but… there are no stupid dogs. The street is tough and it’s survival of the fittest. These clever dogs know people much better than people know them.’
Fortunately, the average commuter doesn’t seem to mind, and indeed, gives the dogs a wide berth and a place to sit. The city of Moscow hasn’t passed any laws in regard to the stray dogs and they’ve become a staple of the subway system.