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(Bulgaria )SOFIA

Images kindly supplied by Sofia Metropolitan. (Thanks)

Musagenitsa stop

Vasil Levski Stadium stop

St. Kliment Ohridski stop

Serdika stop
Sofia
Sofia has a typical medieval urban shape, with a city center characterized by narrow streets connected to the suburbs by some main radials, supported by ring connections. Because of the increasing of private motorization (currently more than 500.000 motor vehicles), in the last decades the streets congestion along suburbs-center routes has constantly increased; this was one of the reasons for the construction of a modern metro system.
Sofia metro Line 1 (Obelya-Tsarigradsko Shosse) opened in 1998 (Slivnitsa Boulevard-Konstantin Velichkov Boulevard section, 6.4 km), with further extensions in 1998, 1999, 2000, 2003, 2009 and 2012. Line 1 will be completed by a southern (Sofia Business Park) and a south-eastern extensions (to the airport, under construction since 2009).
Line 2 it's under construction since December 2009 (Nadezhda-Lozenets section, with an intermediate stop at the railway station); the network in its final asset (52 km, 1 million pax/day) will have the tipical central triangle (Serdika, NDK and St. Kliment Ohridski stops).
Metropolitan.bg (official site)

description uptaded on Jul 25th, 2012

map created on Jul 25th, 2012 (© 2005-2014 Ing. M. Tarozzi)

CHRONOLOGY
28-01-1998Slivnitsa-Konstantin Velichkov
17-09-1999Konstantin Velichkov-Opalchenska
31-10-2000Opalchenska-Serdika
20-04-2003Slivnitsa - Obelya
08-05-2009Serdika-Vasil Levski Stadium-Mladost 1
25-04-2012Mladost 1-Tsarigradsko Shosse

CountryBulgaria
LineLine 1
InhabitantsCity 1.100.000, District 1.200.000
Date opening1998
Future development:southern (Business Park) and south eastern (Sofia Airport) extension (the latter under construction since 2009); Line 2 (Nadezhda-Lozenets section) under construction since December 2008; Line 3 planned
Length (km)20.2
Track sectionstotally underground
Stops15 average distance m 1400
Platforms--
Platform doorsno
general characteristics--
n. of vehicles--
n. of cars per vehicle--
Typesteel wheels
Vehicle dimensions (m)length -- width --
Vehicle capacity (pax)--
Frequency 6 min/
Current/Voltage 825 V DC (third rail)
Guide/gauge standard gauge rails (1435 mm)
Speed Km/hComm --, Max 90
Accel./Decel. (m/sec2)--
System capacity50.000 pphpd
Ridership180.000 pax/day
Total cost--
Staff--
System builderMETROWAGONMASH
Model81-740, 81-741
NOTE--
technical data uptaded on Jul 25th, 2012