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Old September 17th, 2012, 04:12 PM   #481
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Tender for M1 to Mladost IV district announced

The tender for construction of the southern brunch of line M1 from station Mladost I to station Mladost IV/Business Park Sofia was announced today!
The segment is 2,7 km long, completely underground, including 3 new stations. The construction should start at the beginning of next year and should finish within 24 mounts. Parallel to this, the main boulevard of Mladost districts (Aleksandyr Malinov blvd) will be fully upgraded to an inner city express boulevard with 5 intersections on multiple levels.

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Old September 17th, 2012, 05:02 PM   #482
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What about Modernoto station? Are they inserting a new Line 1 station between Obelya and Slivnitsa?
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Old September 17th, 2012, 07:15 PM   #483
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What about Modernoto station? Are they inserting a new Line 1 station between Obelya and Slivnitsa?
This is a ghost station. It's planned to become operational when a new train station is built on the surface.
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Old September 20th, 2012, 11:52 AM   #484
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Sofia Metro Company Opens Public Procurement for 3 New Stations

September 19, 2012

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Metropoliten EAD has announced a public procurement for the construction of three new stations along Sofia's first metro line.

The three new subway stations are to be part of a planned 2.7 km extension of the first line reaching up to Business Park Sofia in the Mladost residential district.

Although the announcement does not specify an estimated value, the project is expected to be implemented using the EUR 55 M saved from the project for the extension of the same line from the Tsarigradsko Shosse Blvd – Inter Expo Center station to Sofia Airport under the Transport Operational Program plus no less than EUR 25 M in co-financing from the Sofia Municipality and the state budget.

The project is to be completed by the beginning of 2015.

The project has been divided into two sections which will be built by different contractors.

The first section is 1550 m long and includes two subway stations, one at the Alexander Malinov Blvd and the Andrey Lyapchev Blvd and one behind the HIT store.

The second section is 1070 m long with one subway station at the crossing of the Sofia ring road and Samar Str.

The second stretch also includes an underground parking lot with a capacity of 80 vehicles.

Bidders are to fie documents by November 12, when the bid opening is to take place.

Meanwhile, the construction of the subway section from the Tsarigradsko Shosse Blvd to Sofia Airport is to start in the next three days.

The section is about 5 km long and includes 4 subway stations.

In end-August, 11 new stations of the second metro diameter were opened, connecting Sofia's Nadezhda residential district to the Cherni Vrah Blvd


http://www.novinite.com/view_news.php?id=143365



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The third line of Sofia Metro ready in 2018

The project will be finished next year, said the director of "Metropolitan"

Project third metro line in the capital will be made within the next year, and its implementation should be completed by 2018. This was announced by Stoyan Bratoev, director of "Metropolitan" in the construction forum in Sofia.
He recalled that the third line of the metro will have the following route - the wheel of the tram Blvd "Botevgradsko road" in Boulevard "Vladimir Vazov" Theatre "Off the Channel", "Popa", "Bulgaria" blvd, neighborhood "Krasno Selo" in the neighborhood "Ovcha Kupel".
Bratoev clear that in addition to the planned third subway line, is designed and a small area between the Boulevard "James Boucher" and "School of Transport". If next year there is a project for him, he will be examined by the European Commission. In 2013 and again in 2014 to build sections of the metro airport beznesparka in Sofia "Mladost" 4.
"About 90 percent of the current subway lines are located below the groundwater. The grant for the two phases of the project is 357 million, which could not happen to own funds of the municipality, "says Stoyan Bratoev.
According to him, in Bulgaria there are currently at least 8-10 companies that meet the requirements for the construction of metro, based on the experience gained so far. The director of "Metropolitan" even said that Bulgarian companies give better offers and have better prepared documentation.

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Old October 6th, 2012, 03:18 PM   #485
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Old October 11th, 2012, 11:37 AM   #486
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The Czech company Metroprojekt carrying the technical project for line 3, which will be built after 2014, provided some data. Google translation into English:

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n fully segregated double track
n gauge 1435 mm
n upper traction current consumption (pantograph)
1500 V dc
n total of 19 stations and depot of which:
- 10 stations on the scaffold bridge
- 9 excavated stations
n total route length of 15.7 km of which:
- Excavated section: 7.0 kilometers shield TBM used
- Cut and cover section: 0.8 kilometers
- Elevated: 7.4 km
n average interstation distance: 819 meters
n arc ratios route: rmin = 250m,
Vmax = 65 km / h
n maximum slope: 39 ‰
n allows the transfer between existing
metro lines
n travel time: 30 min
n Cruising speed: 30.5 km / h

...

Passengers will provide cell
through units of length 33 m 99 m spřahovatelné in the set (three units).
Traffic counts with the drivers
http://www.metroprojekt.cz/files/cas...3_2012_web.pdf
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Old October 24th, 2012, 02:54 AM   #487
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Sofia adds one more station by the end of 2013

A very good and unexpected announcement came today in Sofia, as adding of the ghost station Modernoto predgradie (between stations Obelya and Slivnitsa in the left upper corner of the map) on line M1 was made public. This station is very important since it will be a connection between the metro network and the suburban trains heading towards the western suburbs and towns of Sofia. This station was built more than a decade ago, but things were stuck because a new train station has to be added first for the need of the Bulgarian State Railways services. Without this suburban railway station, the metro station doesn’t make good sense since it is situated in a low-density populated area. Now people from the BDZ (Bulgarian State Railways) announce that their station will be opened by the end of 2013.



This is a very optimistic and positive development since previously it was said that this station will remain closed for the next decade or so. Together with this station, by the beginning of 2015 Sofia should get 9 more stations (8 on line M1 and 1 on line M2).

http://www.monitor.bg/article?id=359401
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Old October 25th, 2012, 02:56 PM   #488
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Finally, Sofia officials has done a good stuff with metro. Obelya is a terminus station with tracks at the same level in the same platform hall for both lines afaik. How it works for both lines?
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Old October 26th, 2012, 04:04 PM   #489
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Actually line 1 & 2 are not separate at this moment. There is one long line with 2 routes: Tsarigradsko Shose-James Bouchier & Mladost 1-Slivnitsa.

When the extensions to Sofia Airport and to Mladost 4 are built, the routes will be Sofia Airport-James Bouchier & Mladost 4-Slivnitsa.

source (Bulgarian only): http://metropolitan.bg/bg/schedule/type/2.html
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Old October 27th, 2012, 01:18 PM   #490
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Actually line 1 & 2 are not separate at this moment. There is one long line with 2 routes: Tsarigradsko Shose-James Bouchier & Mladost 1-Slivnitsa.
I'm confused. Why Mladost 1-Slivnitsa? Actually Mladost 1-Slivnitsa are on the same tracks with Tsarigradsko Shose-James Bouchier. How exactly are running? Are there train Tsarigradsko Shose-James Bouchier (both ways), and also on the same tracks another trains just from Mladost 1 to Slivnitsa? It's so weird. Why they chose this way for operation, because basically is just one long line. It was more simple to have trains from both terminus, and 1 route.

For instance if I'm in Konstantin Velichkov station and I wanna go to Obelya or Nadezhda I should be attentive because there are trains which goes to Slivnitsa, which is not good way for me, and I have to wait the train to James Bourcher. Ok, but that means that the ipotetic (I mean ipotetic because actually is only one metro line) terminus of M1 is Slivnitsa not Obelya. Why the maps represent that Obelya is the last station of M1? Or this is for the future when I suppose there will be two separate lines with two braches (Mladost/Airport-Obelya, and M2 also separate with 2 branches nortward)
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Why Mladost 1-Slivnitsa?
Cause Mladost 1-Slivnitsa serves a lot more passengers.

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Are there train Tsarigradsko Shose-James Bouchier (both ways), and also on the same tracks another trains just from Mladost 1 to Slivnitsa?
Yes, exactly.

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It was more simple to have trains from both terminus, and 1 route.
True, but Metropoliten EAD has not enough trains to do that with short intervals in peak hours.

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Or this is for the future when I suppose there will be two separate lines with two braches (Mladost/Airport-Obelya, and M2 also separate with 2 branches nortward)
Yes, it's for the future when line 1 & 2 will be separate. Maybe the separation of the lines is going to happen sooner, if the ghost station becomes operational.

Here are 2 variants for this station, which i like, but they are not official and I can't tell how exactly it will be completed.

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То това е план минимум. Може и план максимум :

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Old October 27th, 2012, 07:59 PM   #492
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Old October 29th, 2012, 12:12 PM   #493
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Old November 15th, 2012, 12:25 PM   #494
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Sofia Metro's Mobile, Wi-Fi Access Put Off for 2013

The subway in the Bulgarian capital Sofia is expected to provide all-out mobile and Internet access.

Bulgaria's three mobile phone operators and the Sofia Metropolitan company are putting off the launch of all-out mobile and Wi-Fi access on the subway in the Bulgarian capital for the spring of 2013, MobileBulgaria reported.

At the launch of the second line of the Sofia Metro in August 2012, the head of the municipally-owned company Sofia Metropolitan, Stoyan Bratoev, said that the mobile networks will cover all stations of the subway by the end of 2012.

Bulgaria's three mobile phone operators – Mtel, Globul, and Vivacom – are planning to use a joint subway transmitter, with a foreign company already having been assigned the task of its construction, according to the report of MobileBulgaria.

The report cites telegeography.com as saying that Mtel, Globul, and Vivacom will be able to launch the network access along the entire subway system in Sofia in March 2013, and that their partnership will allow them to save money.

Vivacom has told MobileBulgaria that the construction of the subway network transmitter is going as planned but that delays are being caused by the fact that construction permits are yet to be issued. Globul has said it has no comment on the matter, while Mtel had not responded yet.
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Old November 21st, 2012, 11:55 AM   #495
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Today (21st of Nov) will start the continuation of the construction of the 1st metro diameter. The line will be 5 km of length/4 stops and will go to the airport.(finally) Construction is scheduled to finish in 2015.

forgot something: a small railway station will be constructed so the people coming with train (gara Iskar) will have fast connection to the airport/center

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Congratulations!
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Old November 22nd, 2012, 08:46 PM   #497
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Congratulations!
Good news
Thanks!
Indeed Sofia’s metro construction is one of the best-managed projects in Bulgaria. This is partly because the director of Metropoliten Sofia (Mr. Stoyan Bratoev) is very ambitious.



So yesterday the construction started to link station Tsarigradsko Shose and Sofia Airport via the settlement Druzhba. 4 stations and one railway station for transfer to national rail services to Plovdiv, Burgas and Istanbul along this 5 km long segment are going to be build. A great looking modern station in Druzhba is announced (the design was chosen on an international competition), as well as a grand station at the Airport covered by a glass roof.
Apart from this 5 km long segment, the tenders for the southern brunch of line M1 to settlement Mladost 4 and Sofia Business Park were closed and we wait till Q1 next year when the start of construction is announced. This will be a 2,8 km long segment with 3 stations running below the main boulevard Aleksandyr Malinov.
Both segments are scheduled to be put into operation at the end of 2014 or beginning of 2015, when additional 90 000 passengers daily are going to be attracted to the system.
A tender for 10 new trains for the need of this two lines was announced with Metrovagonmash being the only bidder (too low price for western manufacturers, so nobody is surprised). Currently we have around 50 trains in use.

As far as the line M2 is concerned, enlargement of the line Is planned in near future by about 1,5 km and one station to Hladilnika. A firm is currently making the project and we hope that there will be enough time by the end of this programme period to start the construction.

The complete project for line M3 (made by our Czech friends from METROPROJEKT Praha) is due to be finished next year so the tender can be announced in 2014 finishing this 18 kilometre long line by 2018.

Here is a map covering all current projects regarding Metro Sofia:




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Old November 23rd, 2012, 02:37 PM   #498
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CNN mentions Sofia metro construction ammong the current EU budget debate:

http://edition.cnn.com/video/#/video...iref=allsearch
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Difian took some shots of the new repair facility hall at the metro depot. All credits to him







And from the depot:







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Old December 3rd, 2012, 02:39 PM   #500
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Already more than 300k passengers use Sofia metro.
Metroline 1 - >180k
Metroline 2 - >130k
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