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The capital of Ukraine, is situated on the river Dnipro and has about 2.6 million inhabitants. Its metro system is a typical ex-Soviet three line system (total length 67.6 km in Nov 2013) with all lines meeting in the city centre to form a triangle. Older stations in the city centre were built in the underground palace style similar to Moscow's metro. The network is entirely underground on the right bank of the river Dnipro (Dnieper) with two bridge-crossings of the river and one at-grade stretch on Line 1 on the left bank.
Apart from the Metro there are two rapid tram lines, with the first operating from the Railway Station (Vokzal'na) to the western suburbs (Kil'tseva Doroha, 9.1 km, 1977). Running in the median of a major road, after 20 years of operation, the line was upgraded in 2009/2010. A branch to Mikhailsvs'ka Borschahivska, which has a more light rail type alignment, was added in 1984.
A second 6.7 km rapid tram line is in service in the district of Troeschyna in the north of the left bank now connecting Troeschina-2, a new station on the city ring railway, with the standard tram system at Miloslavs'ka.
|Lines & History|
|Line 1: Sviatoshyns'ko-Brovars'ka Line - 22.8 km, 18 stations|
In 1960 the first part of the first line opened between Vokzal'na (Central Station) and Dnipro. The latter station with side platforms is situated on the bridge over the motorway along the bank of the Dnieper river. After this station, eastbound, the line crosses the river on a dedicated metro bridge and continues on the surface to the eastern terminus.
6 Nov 1960:
- Dnipro (5.2
Although one more station at the western end had been planned to create a transfer to Novobilychi commuter rail station, no plans for extension of this line are foreseen before 2020.
|Line 2: Kurenivs'ko-Chervonoarmiys'ka Line - 20.9 km, 18 stations|
The second line was opened in 1976 between Ploscha Kalinina (later Ploscha Zhovtnevoi Revoliutsii and now Maidan Nezalezhnosti, transfer to Khreschatyk station) and Chervona Ploscha (now Kontraktova Ploscha). Between 1980 and 1984 the line was extended at both ends, with the first section of a longer southern extension finally being brought into service in 2010:
Dec 1976: Ploscha Kalinina (now Maidan Nezalezhnosti) -
Chervona Ploscha (now Kontraktova Ploscha) (2.3 km)
|Line 3: Syrets'ko-Pechers'ka Line - 23.9 km, 16 stations|
The third line also began in the city centre in 1989 and this line has been growing towards the south-east crossing the river on a bridge covered in an aluminium shelter:
Dec 1989: Zoloti Vorota - Mechnikova (now Klovs'ka) (1.9
There are two built in draft stations on this line, L'vivs'ka Brama and Telychka. The opening of L'vivs'ka Brama depends on the finishing of replanning and reconstruction of L'vivs'ka Sq. above the station to know the location of station entrances to build escalator tunnels toward them. Telychka station between Vydubychi and Slavutych on the right bank of the Dnieper River will be opened later, when the industrial zone around it will be transformed into large residential and an office complex.
The next opening in Kyiv is going to be L'vivs'ka Brama station in 2015. Around 2017, the first five stations of the fourth line, the Podil's'ko-Voskresens'ka, from Tarasa Shevchenka east to Raduzhna will follow:
Since late 2004, a new two-level motorway/metro Podil's'kyi bridge is being built over the Dnieper River to connect Central railway station (Vokzal'na) with residential zones on the north of the left-bank part of Kyiv. The line using this bridge, will intersect with all existing lines (Line 1 at Vokzal'naya, Line 3 at Lukyanivs'ka, Line 2 at Tarasa Shevchenka).
The Syrets'ko-Pechers'ka line is planned to be extended towards the north-west to reach Mostyts'ka and Vynogradar with one more depot for this line.
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KYIV METRO (Official Page)
Kyiv Pastrans (Tram Operator)
Easyway Kyiv - Journey Planner
Kyiv Metro at Wikipedia
Kiev Metro Page by Vadim P.Dzygoon
Metrosoyuza by Peter Donn includes nice station pictures
Mir metro/Metroworld by Aksenov Dmitry
Muzey Metro (incl. many historic photos)
Scanned map from my collection 1997 (282 K)
Kyiv Tram at Wikipedia
Kyivskiy Metropoliten by Kostj Kozlov (including English summary)
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