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Old December 6th, 2011, 03:00 PM   #341
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Old December 6th, 2011, 03:01 PM   #342
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Old December 6th, 2011, 03:03 PM   #343
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Station James Boucher (М2):















Southern end of line M2:

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Old December 6th, 2011, 03:59 PM   #344
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Great update!
The Sofia Metro is expanding now pretty fast! After many years of not-growing now it's really speeding up.
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Old December 10th, 2011, 09:05 PM   #345
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Mladost 3 station:

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Old December 10th, 2011, 10:03 PM   #346
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Wow. Mladost 3 looks ready to go. When is the start of service?
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Old December 10th, 2011, 10:06 PM   #347
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Mladost 3 is looking great.

Btw:
Hope they can start construction of the following train stations:
-Sofia Airport
-Mladost 4 (Business Park Sofia)

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Old December 11th, 2011, 03:22 AM   #348
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The first new stations to be introduced in the system will be the 2 stations on the M1 extension (Mladost 3 and Tsarigradsko Shosse). These 2 stations will be introduced as of May 2012. This will be a major improvement since the station Tsarigradsko Shosse is under the busiest boulevard in Sofia, on the entrance from Plovdiv and Burgas. In addition to this station an underground P+R complex has been build, which will hold up to 1600 vehecles. This segment will be long more than 2,4 km and will link 2 additional stations.
Next, as of August 2012 the most significant expansion up to date of the Sofia metro should take place. Than the whole of M2 line should enter service, putting additional 11 stations into service. So, in August next year Sofia metro should have exactly 27 stations in operation, which will transport more than 500 000 people per day, resulting in a 22% decrease in car traffic in the city. This extension required the purchasing of 18 new trains, for which the Russian Metrovagonmash won the bid.
This rate of construction that the city saw in the period 2009-2012 will probably continue in 2014 when the start of the construction of line M3 is planned. Up until than there is only one certain of the system. That will be extension the adding of 4 new stations on M1 towards the Sofia Airport Terminal 2. This segment will be almost 5 km long with 4 stations (2 underground and 2 over ground). All plans are finished, so the bid will be released any time now. Construction should start in the first half of 2012 and should enter in service in the second half of 2014.
Another very important phase is the southwards expansion of the M1 line, which should link Sofia’s second biggest settlement (Mladost1-4) which is home to some 100 000 people, as well as many commercial areas in which tens of thousands of people work daily. This segment should have 4 stations ending near the southern part of Sofia’s Ring Road and Business Park Sofia. The plans for this route are finished long time ago but finances remain problem. As soon as finance are acquired (or transferred from another less successful EU projects) this section should be put under construction, but as of today it remains unclear when this could be.
What is known now is that Sofia will see large scale metro construction again in 2014, when construction of the line M3 should start and finish in the period of 2018-2020 depending on the segments. There was a big battle for “saving M3” in Sofia, since the municipality wanted to introduce LRT/fast tram in order to cut costs, which resulted in preserving the plans that line M3 should and will be constructed as fully independent metro line with connections to other lines in the city center as previously planed. But the line was changed from the plans that were made during communist times some 30+ years ago in order to correspond better to today’s needs as well as future plans of development. So line M3 will start in Ovcha Kupel and not in Knyazhevo as previously planed where will connect to a railway station linking the metro to Bulgarian Railways system on the line to Pernik (Sofia’s biggest satellite city, home to some 100 000 people), than reach the big Tsar Boris III boulevard. One major change is that the line will also cover Sofia’s second biggest boulevard-Bulgaria blvd. making connections to tram lines there and making space for further branches running southwards under Bulgaria blvd. In the city center the line will remain the same (connection to M2 will be on NDK station, connection to M1 will be on Sofia University station). Towards the eastern parts of Sofia, the M3 line will run under a new route – blvd. Vladimir Vazov instead blvd. Botevgradsko Shosse, bringing the line closer to more densely populated areas of the city, but will have a station under the Botevgradsko Shosse blvd. as the line gets closer to its eastern terminus. The very last station and the depo of line M3 will be under the new national stadium which should be build in that area. The whole line should be some 15 km long, will have 16 stations (8 underground and 8 over ground), should cost up to 720 millions of euros and be used by some 165 000 passengers daily.

As far as the northern expansion of the line M2 towards Iliyantsi and the southern towards Hladilnika, possible dates are not known, but one thing is sure: they will have to build the northern brunch towards Iliyantsi because the depo of line M2 will be situated there. Until than both M1 and M2 will use the depo in Obelya which is slowly running out of capacity.
When the whole 3 lines will be finished, the metro system will have at least 5 direct connections to the state railway system and suburban trains (as marked on the map):
On M1 at station Iskyr near Sofia Airport and at one additional station which has to be finished between stations Obelya and Slivnitsa
On M2 at the Central railway station
On M3 at a station in Ovcha Kupel and at a station near the railway station Poduyane
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Old December 12th, 2011, 11:42 PM   #349
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thanks for the updates Andrej
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Old December 13th, 2011, 10:21 AM   #350
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Construction towards the Airport will start in the middle of next year, but construction towards Mladost 4 and Business Park Sofia will be financed from next European financial period 2014-2012, so it wont start before 2014. That's according to today's article in major Bulgarian newspaper with interview with Stoyan Bratoev, manager of Metropoliten...
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Old December 17th, 2011, 05:47 PM   #351
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The tender procedure for the extension to the airport has been announced on 16.12. That extension will be 4968 m long (almost half of it underground) with 4 stations (2 underground) and must be completed in 28 months from the contract. The final station (23) will be connected with Terminal 2 of Sofia Airport and another station (21) will make tranfer point with the national raiways near Druzhba district.
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Old January 5th, 2012, 03:44 PM   #352
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Sofia Metro - news

I would like to share with you some new information regarding the development of Sofia’s metro system.

The first one is regarding the extension of line M1 form the station Tsarigradsko Shosse (P+R) to the Airport. The company Metropolitan Sofia already announced the bid for the construction of this new segment, the offer should be opened at the beginning of February 2012 and the construction is planned to kick off towards the middle of 2012. This extension covers 5 kilometres, 4 new stations as well as a new transfer station to Bulgarian Railways (direction: Plovdiv, Burgas, Istanbul and local trains), connect Sofia International Airport as well as the big suburb of Druzhba. The whole project should cost around 120 mil. Euros and is co-financed by EUs OP Transport. Construction is due to finish until the end of year 2014, when Sofia’s Metro should have 2 lines with some 33-35 kilometres and 31 stations.

The second update is regarding the opening of line M2. Because (presumably) construction on the terrain is moving fast, they plan to open the line in July 2012 instead of August as previously planed. The only problem (well lack of information) is whether Russia’s Metrovagonmash will be able to deliver all new 18 trains, so that the line can be operational. So, by the end of this summer, Sofia should have some 31 kilometres of metro lines, covering 27 stations which will be used by some 550 000 passengers daily.

The third news is connected to the Municipality’s plans to open some additional 12 bus lines towards the end of 2012 to connect the new metro stations and newly opened/changed tram lines with other parts of the city (mostly Lyulin, Mladost, Studentski Grad and Ovcha Kupel). The lines will have numbers from 500 to 512.
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Old January 5th, 2012, 07:43 PM   #353
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All in all, great news!

Is Metrovagonmash's rolling stock also gonna be 81-740.2B/741.2B ?

Also, another not so metro-related question.
Is length of Sofia tram system really 308km?
Isn't Melbourne's tram system supposed to be the largest in the world with "over 250km" of length?
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Old January 5th, 2012, 08:07 PM   #354
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Yes the trains will be Rusich, but the newest version of it - 81-740.4/741.4 with air conditioning, improved safety systems and more doors for easier and faster boarding. The trains should look like the left one on this picture, already in use in Sofia Metro:



As far as the tram network is concerned, I am not the most informed one to answer this but I guess that this figure presents the length of single track in Sofia, so you should divide this number by 2 to get the real length of tram network. Even this 156kilometers is not correct because some lines are currently not in use because the construction of the metro and some new lines have been constructed in the past 2 years.
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slideshow of the construction of the metro station 8 (Sveta Nedelya), second line. Really amazing size of that station.

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Old January 28th, 2012, 01:28 AM   #356
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Sofia metro - update

I will start with line M2, which will have 12 stations in total, connecting the northern and southern parts of the city, through the center of the city. This will be Sofia’s second line, which will enter into service around august this year and will have 2 transfer stations on line M1.

Station Obelya/Обеля (M1/M2)








Station Lomsko Shosse/Ломско шосе (Lomsko boulevard) (M2):









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