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Saint petersburg METRO (photo N.4/9 [KB 31] 480 x 320pixels)

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The first plans for an elevated rapid transport system in St. Petersburg were developed at the end of XIX century, but they were abandoned after the explosion of the October Revolution and the subsequent relocation of the Russian capital in Moscow. New plans for an underground metro system became concrete in 1940; at that date works started for the construction of a metro line connecting the city centre with the main railways stations located in the urban area. The first line (M1) was opened only in 1955 (Ploshchad Vosstaniya-Avtovo), due to the world war II. M1 was extended in 1958 (under River Neva), 1966, 1975, 1977 and 1978; it currently runs from Prospekt Veteranov (south) to Devyatkino (north).
The second line (M2) started its service in 1960 (Tekhnologichesky Institut-Park Pobedy); it was later extended both in southern (1969, 1972) and in northern directions (1963, 1982, 1988, 2006).
Works for a third line (M3) started in years '60s; its initial section (Vasileostrovskaya-Ploshchad Alexandra Nevskogo) opened in 1970; M3 was extended in 1979, 1981, 1984 and 2018. This line, which connects Vasilievsky Island to the city centre and to some industrial districts located alongside River Neva, currently runs from Begovaya (north west) to Rybatskoe (south east).
The fourth line (M4) opened in 1985 (Pl. A. Nevskogo-Prospekt Bolshevikov) and it was extended in 1987, 1991 and 2009; M4 currently runs from Sadovaya (west) to Ulitsa Dybenko (east). M4 was planned to connect the city centre with the eastern residential suburbs on the right bank of River Neva. Due to the construction delays relating the southern section of a fifth line (M5) it was decided to temporally attach M5 northern section (Sadovaya-Komendantskiy Prospekt) to line M4, before finally detaching the 2 lines after M5 completion (2009).
The fifth line (M5) opened in 2008 (Zvenigorodskaya-Volkovskaya). One year later (on March 2009) Sadovaya-Komendantskiy Prospekt section (completed during 1997-2005 and which was formerly part of M4 - as said before -) was incorporated into line M5; starting from that time, the new M4 terminal was located at Spasskaya stop.
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datesection nameline
15-11-1955Ploshchad Vosstaniya-AvtovoLine 1/Kirovsko-Vyborgskaya
30-12-1956Pushkinskaya stopLine 1/Kirovsko-Vyborgskaya
01-06-1958Ploshchad Vosstaniya-Ploshchad LeninaLine 1/Kirovsko-Vyborgskaya
01-06-1966Avtovo-DachnoyeLine 1/Kirovsko-Vyborgskaya
22-04-1975Ploshchad Lenina-AkademicheskayaLine 1/Kirovsko-Vyborgskaya
29-12-1975Politekhnicheskaya stopLine 1/Kirovsko-Vyborgskaya
29-09-1977Avtovo-Prospekt VeteranovLine 1/Kirovsko-Vyborgskaya
29-12-1978Akademicheskaya-DevyatkinoLine 1/Kirovsko-Vyborgskaya
29-04-1961Tekhnologichesky Institut-Park PobedyLine 2/Moskovsko-Petrogradskaya
01-07-1963Tekhnologichesky Institut-PetrogradskayaLine 2/Moskovsko-Petrogradskaya
25-12-1969Park Pobedy-MoskovskayaLine 2/Moskovsko-Petrogradskaya
25-12-1972Moskovskaya-KupchinoLine 2/Moskovsko-Petrogradskaya
06-11-1982Petrogradskaya-UdelnayaLine 2/Moskovsko-Petrogradskaya
19-08-1988Udelnaya-Prospekt ProsveshcheniyaLine 2/Moskovsko-Petrogradskaya
22-12-2006Prospekt Prosveshcheniya-ParnasLine 2/Moskovsko-Petrogradskaya
03-11-1967Vasileostrovskaya-Ploshchad Alexandra NevskogoLine 3/Nevsko-Vasileostrovskaya
25-12-1970Ploshchad Alexandra Nevskogo I-LomonosovskayaLine 3/Nevsko-Vasileostrovskaya
29-09-1979Vasileostrovskaya-PrimorskayaLine 3/Nevsko-Vasileostrovskaya
10-07-1981Lomonosovskaya-ObukhovoLine 3/Nevsko-Vasileostrovskaya
28-12-1984Obukhovo-RybatskoeLine 3/Nevsko-Vasileostrovskaya
26-05-2018Primorskaya-BegovayaLine 3/Nevsko-Vasileostrovskaya
30-12-1985Pl. A. Nevskogo-Prospekt BolshevikovLine 4/Pravoberezhnaya
01-10-1987Prospekt Bolshevikov-Ulitsa DybenkoLine 4/Pravoberezhnaya
30-12-1991Pl. A. Nevskogo-DostoyevskayaLine 4/Pravoberezhnaya
07-03-2009Dostoyevskaya-SpasskayaLine 4/Pravoberezhnaya
15-09-1997Sadovaya-ChkalovskayaLine 5/Frunzensko-Primorskaya
14-01-1999Chkalovskaya-Staraya DerevnyaLine 5/Frunzensko-Primorskaya
03-09-1999Krestovsky Ostrov stopLine 5/Frunzensko-Primorskaya
02-04-2005Staraya Derevnya-Komendantsky ProspektLine 5/Frunzensko-Primorskaya
20-12-2008Zvenigorodskaya-VolkovskayaLine 5/Frunzensko-Primorskaya
07-03-2009Sadovaya-ZvenigorodskayaLine 5/Frunzensko-Primorskaya
30-12-2010Obvodny Kanal stopLine 5/Frunzensko-Primorskaya
28-12-2011Admiralteyskaya stopLine 5/Frunzensko-Primorskaya
28-12-2012Bukharestskaya stop;Mezhdunarodnaya stopLine 5/Frunzensko-Primorskaya
(last modified June 26, 2018 )
Single line length (Km)
Line 1:29.7
Line 2:30.1
Line 3:28.8
Line 4:11.2
Line 5:20.1
Single line stops
Line 1:19
Line 2:18
Line 3:12
Line 4:8
Line 5:12
Single line avg. distance (km)
Line 1:1.65
Line 2:1.8
Line 3:3.6
Line 4:1.6
Line 5:1.8
Total track length (km)
Total network stops
Avg. stop net distance (km)
steel wheels
850 V DC from third rail
Type of guide/gauge
1520 mm gauge rails
Vehicles builder
Line 1:81-717/714, E type, Em type
Line 2:81-717/714
Line 3:81-717/714
Line 4:81-717/714,81-540/541
Line 5:81-717/714,81-540/541
(last modified June 26, 2018 )
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