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 Ukraine
Kharkiv Metro Map 2006 © UrbanRail.Net

 

Tram

 System

With almost 2 million inhabitants, Kharkiv (Khar'kov in Russian) is Ukraine's second largest city, situated in the eastern part of the country. Initially a combined network of existing suburban and new urban lines was planned during the 1960's, but when the first tunnel sections were finished common 2.7 m wide rolling stock was ordered for exclusive metro use.

The Kharkiv Metro was inaugurated on 23 August 1975 (10.4 km with 8 stations). It connects three railway and three major bus stations.

Stations in the city centre are very deep, less so in outer areas. Similarly to the Moscow or Kyiv metros, most stations are beautiful underground palaces. Platform length is 100 m for 5-car-trains on all lines.

Between Kyivs'ka and Barabashova, the Saltivs'ka Line crosses the Kharkiv river on a 988 m covered bridge.

The network has a total length of about 37.4 km with 29 stations (2010):

 

 1  Kholodnogors'ka Line (17.3 km, Russian Kholodnogorskaya; formerly Sverdlovsko-Zavodskaya)
Sportivna © Alexei Bobko Proletars'ka © Alexei Bobko
 2  Saltivs'ka Line (10.2 km, Russian Saltovskaya; future Saltovsko-Shevchenkovskaya)
Pushkins'ka © Alexei Bobko Barabashova © Alexei Bobko
 3  Oleksiivs'ka Line (9.9 km, Russian Alekseyevskaya; future Alekseyevsko-Gagarinskaya)
Arkh. Beketova © Alexei Bobko Botanichna © Alexei Bobko
All photos © Alexei Bobko
 History

23 Aug 1975 - Kholodna Gora (formerly Ul. Sverdlova) - Moskovs'kyi prospekt
23 Aug 1978 - Moskovs'kyi prospekt - Proletars'ka
11 Aug 1984 - Istorychnyi Muzei - Barabashova (7.7 km)
26 Oct 1986 - Barabashova - Heroiv Pratsi (Russian Geroyev Truda)
06 May 1995 - Metrobudivnykiv - Naukova
21 Aug 2004 - Naukova - 23 Serpnia (Russian 23 Avgusta) (2.6 km)
21 Dec 2010 - 23 Serpnia - Oleksiivska (2.0 km)

 Projects

The Oleksiivs'ka Line is being extended further north to Prospekt Peremohy. A southern extension is planned.

By the year 2025, 50 km of new lines with 30 stations should be built. See map with planned extensions.

 

 Practical Info

Due to an average station distance of 1500 m commercial travel speed is 42 km/h. The first trains leave at 5:30 and the last at 0:30.

On the Red line and the Blue line trains run every 2-3 min., every 3-4 min. after 22:00, on the Green line every 3-4 min. During off-peak hours (10:00-14:00) every third train terminates at Barabashova on the Blue line during winter months.

1 Token (with transfer between metro lines) - 1.50 hryvnia
Rechargable cards for 10, 25 and up to 100 trips available.

 Links

Metro Kharkiv (Official Website)

Metro Kharkov at Wikipedia

Metrosoyuza by Peter Donn includes nice station pictures

Kharkov City Transport by Andrey Rybka

Kharkov Metro at Mir metro/Metroworld by Aksenov Dmitry

City Hall Server with metro map

Kharkiv Metro Track Map

Here's a list of all station names in Russian and Ukrainian (Thanks to Alex Riabov & Dmitriy Karaulov)

 

 

Pictures taken from Metrostoy, thanks to Alexandre Chmielevski and A. Sinurin. Thanks to Alex Abedenko and Alex Riabov.

 


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