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Sofia

Bulgaria (Europe)


Date of opening28 Jan 1998
Network length31.2 km (19.39 mi)
Stations28 (26*)
Lines2
Stations per line14.00
Avg. station distance1,200 m (0.75 mi)
Avg. line length15.60 km (9.70 mi)
*with transfer stations counted once
Numerical data by J. Serradell, 4 Nov 2012
System typemetro (known as Metro)
Daily ridership (by J. Kennes)79,500 (2009)
Daily ridership per km (per mi)2,550 (1,580)
Fare (10 km/10 stops; by UBS)0.51 EUR (2009); gates
24-hour operationNo
TrackRight, gauge: 1435 mm
Power supplyThird rail, 825 V
Air-conditioned trainsNo
Walk-through trainsNo
Rubber-tyred trainsNo
Driverless linesNo
Platform screen doorsNo
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Official map
Source: html, © 2009 metropolitan.bg

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Upcoming Openings

2018 – Line M3. New line, 16 km, 19 stations.




Archaeology

In the capital of Bulgaria, ruins of an old fortress and city wall have been discovered during the planning stage for the proposed lines 1 and 2. Two scenarios have been considered when planning the intersection beween those lines at Serdika station. The first option was to build the metro tunnels away from the archaeological site and to keep the archaeological research for later; the second option was to build the intersection beneath the archeological reserve, utilize the construction for excavation and set up a pedestrian underpass with an archaeological exposition. In cooperation with the Committee for Culture the second option has been chosen. [11, 15].

Exhibits in stations:
  • Serdika station (under construction): Thracian and Roman ruins of an old fortress will be integrated in the station.




Relationships with Other Metros

Warsaw Pact family
Members: Bucharest, Budapest, Prague, Sofia,
Characteristics: The same type of trains as in the Soviet family is used (or newer developments), stations unadorned.





Departure Procedure and Sounds

"[Ding-dong] Vnimanie, vratite se zatvariat! Sledvashta stantsia: [station name]", meaning "Warning, the doors are closing! Next station [station name]". On arrival: "[Dong-ding-dong] Stantsia: [station name]".






Handpicked Resources

metropolitan.bg Official website



Generated Links for Sofia Metro

Photos (images.google.com)
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Wikipedia entry (wikipedia.org)
Urbanrail.net entry (urbanrail.net)
Skyscrapercity discussion (skyscrapercity.com)
City information about Sofia (wikipedia.org)






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