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DESCRIPTION
Kiev was the third city of the former USSR to operate a metro system, after Moscow and St. Petersburg. Kiev metro network has the typical sovietic morphology, with radial lines constituting a triangle in the city centre.
The first metro plans were developed in 1916, but they were delayed and posponed due to the Bolshevik revolution and World War II; works for the first section (Vokzal'na-Dnipro) of the first line (Line 1, Sviatoshynsko-Brovarska) could begin only in 1949, to be completed in 1960. This initial stretch (Vokzal'na-Dnipro) was extended towards east in 1965 (crossing River Dnepr and joining some residential areas) and west in 1963, 1971 and 2003 (joining other important residential suburbs: Sviatoshyn and Bilychi).
Works for a second line (Line 2, Kurenivsko-Chervonoarmiyska) began in 1970; the first segment of Line 2 (Ploscha Kalinina/Maidan Nezalezhnosti-Chervona Ploscha/Kontraktova Ploscha) opened in 1976, subsequently extended in northern direction (towards Obolon in 1980; towards other residential areas in 1982) and south-western direction (in 1981, 1984, 2010).
Works for a third line (Line 3, Syretsko-Pecherska) started in 1981. Line 3 opened in 1989 with an initial short section (Zoloti Vorota-Mechnikova [now Klovs'ka]), subsequently extended along north-east/south-west axis. Line 3 crossed River Dnepr in 1991/1992 (Mechnikova-Vydubychi; Vydubychi-Osokorky); it joined Poznyaky and Kharkivsky residential suburbs in 1994 (Osokorky-Kharkivska), 2005 (Kharkivska-Boryspilska) and 2008 (Boryspilska-Chervony Khutir). Staring from the half of years '90s it was extended in northern direction towards Syrets (1996, 2000, 2004).
(last modified February 19, 2017 )
HISTORY
datesection nameline
06-11-1960Vokzal'na-DniproLine 1/Sviatoshynsko-Brovarska
05-11-1963Vokzal'na-Zavod "Bil'shovyk"/Shuliavs'kaLine 1/Sviatoshynsko-Brovarska
05-11-1965Dnipro-DarnytsiaLine 1/Sviatoshynsko-Brovarska
04-10-1968Darnytsia-Komsomol's'ka/Chernihivs'kaLine 1/Sviatoshynsko-Brovarska
05-11-1971Zavod "Bil'shovyk"/Shuliavs'ka-SviatoshynLine 1/Sviatoshynsko-Brovarska
04-12-1979Komsomol's'ka-Pioners'ka/LisovaLine 1/Sviatoshynsko-Brovarska
07-11-1987Teatral'na intermediate stopLine 1/Sviatoshynsko-Brovarska
24-05-2003Sviatoshyn-AkademmistechkoLine 1/Sviatoshynsko-Brovarska
17-12-1976Ploscha Kalinina/Maidan Nezalezhnosti-Chervona Ploscha/Kontraktova PloschaLine 2/Kurenivsko-Chervonoarmiyska
1980Chervona Ploscha-Prospekt Korniichuka/Obolon'Line 2/Kurenivsko-Chervonoarmiyska
19-12-1981Ploscha Zhovtnevoi Revoliutsii-Respublikans'kyi StadionLine 2/Kurenivsko-Chervonoarmiyska
06-11-1982Prospekt Korniichuka-Heroiv DnipraLine 2/Kurenivsko-Chervonoarmiyska
30-12-1984Respublikans'kyi Stadion-Dzerzhyns'ka/Lybids'kaLine 2/Kurenivsko-Chervonoarmiyska
15-12-2010Lybids'ka-Vasyl'kivs'kaLine 2/Kurenivsko-Chervonoarmiyska
27-12-2011Vasyl'kivs'ka-Vystavkovyi Tsentr/Exhibition CentreLine 2/Kurenivsko-Chervonoarmiyska
25-10-2012Vystavkovyi Tsentr-IpodromLine 2/Kurenivsko-Chervonoarmiyska
06-11-2013Ipodrom- TeremkyLine 2/Kurenivsko-Chervonoarmiyska
31-12-1989Zoloti Vorota-MechnikovaLine 3/Syretsko-Pecherska
29-12-1991Mechnikova-VydubychiLine 3/Syretsko-Pecherska
30-12-1992Vydubychi-OsokorkyLine 3/Syretsko-Pecherska
30-12-1994Osokorky-Kharkivs'kaLine 3/Syretsko-Pecherska
30-12-1996Zoloti Vorota-Lukianivs'kaLine 3/Syretsko-Pecherska
30-12-1997Pechers'ka intermediate stopLine 3/Syretsko-Pecherska
30-03-2000Lukianivs'ka-DorohozhychyLine 3/Syretsko-Pecherska
14-10-2004Dorohozhychy-SyretsLine 3/Syretsko-Pecherska
23-08-2005Kharkivs'ka - Boryspil's'kaLine 3/Syretsko-Pecherska
04-03-2006Vyrlytsia intermediate stopLine 3/Syretsko-Pecherska
23-05-2008Boryspil's'ka-Chervony KhutirLine 3/Syretsko-Pecherska
(last modified February 19, 2017 )
TECHNICAL DATA
Single line length (Km)
Line 1:22.7
Line 2:21.0
Line 3:23.9
Single line stops
Line 1:18
Line 2:18
Line 3:16
Single line avg. distance (km)
Line 1:1.3
Line 2:1.2
Line 3:1.6
Total track length (km)
67.6
Total network stops
52
Avg. stop net distance (km)
1.35
Type
steel wheels
Current/Voltage
825 V DC from third rail
Guide/gauge
1524 mm gauge rails
Vehicles builder
VAGONMASH, SKODA
Model
Line 1:81-714/717,E,E-zh,Em-501,Ema-502
Line 2:81-714/717
Line 3:81-714/717,81-7021/7022
Operator
KYIVSKYI METROPOLITEN
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