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Old April 20th, 2012, 10:23 PM   #141
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Politehnica metro station turns into “museum,” with prehistoric fossils imprinted in the floor


Those who take the metro from the Politehnica station should take a moment and contemplate the floor, as they step on a piece of prehistory. The tiles of red limestone floor display a “model” formed of 65 million years old fossils. The stone was extracted from the Apuseni Mountains before the opening of the metro station, in 1983.

The usual announcement played in the Bucharest metro trains before each station might be somehow different in the case of this very special station: “Next is Politehnica, with fossils on the right side.”

The floor of the station is unique in Europe, as experts say that the limestone tiles were actually reefs in a prehistoric sea.

“These are bivalves (shells) from the late Cretaceous, perfectly preserved due to the geological evolution of the region where they were extracted: Savadisla-Cluj," prof. Dr. Mihai E Popa of the Bucharest University told Click. He is an authority in the field, as he is studying these fossils ever since 1994.

With money provided by sponsors, subway operator Metrorex wants to transform the station into a mini-museum, projections, 3D images and interactive screens.

"Next week, we will decide the date when works will start on this project,” said Gheorghe Udriste, the Manager of Metrorex.
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Old April 21st, 2012, 12:13 AM   #142
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It looks like they're planning to put a track oval and stadium seating on top of the depot. I hope at least it's a removable oval like in those convertible hockey/basketball arenas, so that when there isn't a track meet going on, crowds can come and sit and watch trains move in and out.
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Old April 21st, 2012, 12:36 AM   #143
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Indeed, the project consist of a small stadium to be constructed over the Straulesti depot and the station, and a multi-level park&ride right next to it. Sadly, the depot will be permanently hidden from view, underground, just like the other four main depots in Bucharest (five, if you count the future Valea Ialomitei small depot). Subway-spotting isn't a very popular activity over here, but graffity is, so depots and storage lines have to be as well hidden as they can be (even so, the graffers still get in )
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Old April 22nd, 2012, 01:36 PM   #144
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For anyone interested in the line 5 project and construction works, the thread is here: Metro Line M5.

I also finished the line maps. You'll find more info there.

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Old April 25th, 2012, 07:42 AM   #145
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Bucharest public transport company RATB introduces text message payments
April 24, 2012 4:36 pm

Commuters in Bucharest will be able to buy one-day passes valid for the public transport RATB by texting a short number. This comes soon after the Metro company in Bucharest made a similar system available, allowing travelers to pay their way into the tube network by phone.

To buy a one -day pass on buses, tram of trolleybuses in Bucharest, users of Vodafone and Orange mobile telephony services will have to send a text to 7456 containing the letter A. the message will cost RON 9.6, the same price as if paid at any ticket booth. A response message containing a code to show ticket inspectors will be sent back to the user.

The Public Transport Company RATB has been modernizing in recent years, having introduced plastic transport cards instead of paper tickets and new ticket validation machine
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Romanian authorities announce EUR 1 bln tender for airport metro line
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Bucharest metro company Metrorex recently announced the tender for the construction of the sixth metro line in the city, connecting the existing network to the Henri Coanda airport. The estimated value of this contract is of some EUR 1 billion and the new metro line should be ready in 2017 – 2018.

The tender will start on September 3 this year. Local authorities previously hired a consortium made of Padeco (Japan)/Oriental Consultants (Japan)/Metroul SA Romania/Seneca Group International/Systra (France) to offer consultancy on the project.

Financing will be covered jointly from the state budget and from a loan guaranteed by the state. The 14-kilometre line will have 12 stations and should be finished within 60 months from the start of contribution work.

The Bucharest metro network has a length of 67 kilometers, divided into four lines with 49 stations in total.
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This question arose on Reddit maps forum. As a transit map designer, I'm very curious.

Can someone explain the meaning of the diagram circled in red in the lower-left of this system map? Thanks!

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Old June 25th, 2012, 02:39 PM   #153
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This question arose on Reddit maps forum. As a transit map designer, I'm very curious.

Can someone explain the meaning of the diagram circled in red in the lower-left of this system map? Thanks!
It's a compass to show the prevalent direction of the wind. As to why that would be relevant on a fully underground subway network only the management would know.
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Are those cars Russian? They remind me of Moscow and x-soviet cities' network cars. Where do they buy the newer ones from?
By the way, nice network.
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No, they are not Metrovagonmash. They were built at the Astra Arad Wagon Company (passanger car factory) in Arad, Transylvania with a Romanian based design. Subsequently, a number were modernised at two competing plants: Faur (ex-big industrial giant) in Bucharest and Electroputere Craiova (locomotive manufacturer) in Craiova.

The newer ones are Bombardier Movia, in co-operation with Electroputere Craiova.

The most recent bid was won by CAF (Spain), for operation in the new M5 line, so we will have three different models operating on the network.

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Are those cars Russian? They remind me of Moscow and x-soviet cities' network cars. Where do they buy the newer ones from?
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Those cars don't look Russian at all.
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It's a compass to show the prevalent direction of the wind.
That was my first thought as well, but Bucharest winds are from WNW and ESE.


There appear to be some sorts of numbers in the middle of the diagram. Could it be travel times to the terminus or ring road in the various directions?

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That was my first thought as well, but Bucharest winds are from WNW and ESE.

There appear to be some sorts of numbers in the middle of the diagram. Could it be travel times to the terminus or ring road in the various directions?
Metrorex is not linked/in co-operation with neither Ratb (city public transport operator) or CFR (national railway operator). Also, only M1 comes remotely close to the ring road, so other journeys would require transfer on CFR/Ratb. There is no central terminus of the subway network either, so I don't think the numbers represent travel times from one station.

If you are still curious, why not write an e-mail to Metrorex? Their adress ought to be on their website somewhere.
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Metrorex signed the execution contract for the extension of Line 4
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On July 12, 2012, Metrorex signed the contract for the execution of works for the extension of the underground section Parc Bazilescu – Lac Străuleşti as part of the investment objective Line 4, Link 2. The contract was awarded to a consortium led by Astaldi. The other partners are Somet, TIAB, UTI Construction & Facility Management. The contract is worth RON 714.73 Million (EUR 157.5 Million), VAT non-included. The financing will be granted through state budget grants and the deadline for the execution and finalization of works is in 30 months. The contract concerns the execution of works for the development of structure elements, construction of tunnels, galleries, stations, underground depot, multimodal terminal, Park & Ride, and installations for the transport of passengers on the new section.

The contract includes all works necessary for the extension of the underground line, Link 2 of Line 4 with two new stations, tunnelling structure works (1.3 km), the structure of the two stations (Laminorului and Lac Străuleşti), underground depot, multimodal terminal and a Park & Ride, as well as the main equipments with necessary installations for the transport of passengers on the new section.

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http://www.railwayinsider.eu/wp/archives/37998


We are waiting for the signature of the contract for M6 as well, which is in tender preparation procedures.
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