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(Hungary )BUDAPEST-M4

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Budapest M4 (1)

Budapest M4 (2)

Budapest M4 (3)

Budapest M4 (4)

Budapest M4 (5)

Budapest M4 (6)
Budapest
Budapest Metro is the third oldest in Europe (after London and Athens); it consists in 3 lines, with a fourth under construction and a fifth yet planned. The first line (M1, currently 4.4 km long) opened in 1896, atfer only 2 years of works; the main scope of the track is the connection of the city center to Varosliget city park. Instead a first hypotesis of a second line at the end of XIX century, a real project was made only in 1950; due to long delays caused by political and economical problems, its construction was completed only in 1970. M2 is currently 10.3 km long, linking Keleti and Deli railway stations (palyaudvar). In the same year of M2 opening, a third line (M3) was planned, with north-south main alignement. M3 was completed in few years (1976); after many extensions (in years '80s and '90's), M3 is currently the longest line (17 km) of the whole network.
A fourth line (M4) is under construction; as well as M2 case, construction begun with enormous delays (the original project was completed in 1972), due to economical, technical (fear debates about possible alternative solutions and the construction phases) and "medical" reasons (tunnel below the ancient Gellert Baths). M4 (a driverless line) will be completed in 2 phases (Kelenfoldi-Keleti; Keleti-Bosnyak Ter).
A fifth line (M5, north-south) is in advanced planning phase; M5 will interchange with all the lines of the network.
BKV(official site)

description uptaded on Feb 28th, 2012

map created on Jan 29th, 2011 (© 2005-2014 Ing. M. Tarozzi)

CityBudapest
CountryHungary
LineM4
InhabitantsCity 1.700.000, District 2.600.000
Date opening:2014
Future development:--
Length (km)10.5
Track sections (km):totally underground
Stops14, average distance 800 m
Platform type--
Platform doorsyes
General characteristics dimensions (m) length --, width --
n. of vehicles15
n. of cars per vehicle4
Type steel wheels
Vehicle dimensions (m) length 80, width --
Vehicle capacity 800
Frequency (max/min)1.5'/
Current/Voltage 750 V DC by third rail
Guide/gauge standard gauge rails (1435 mm)
Speed (km/h)Comm --, Max 80
Accel./Decel. (m/sec2)--
System capacity --
Ridership400.000 pax/day
Total cost148 M Euro/km
Staff n.--
System builderALSTOM
ModelMetropolis
Noteoption for 7 additional trains
Siemens ATC system
2 phases: phase 1 (Kelenfoldi Railway Station-Eastern Railway Station); phase 2 (Eastern Railway Station-Bosnyak Square)
technical data uptaded on Feb 28th, 2012