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Old March 29th, 2014, 03:59 PM   #621
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The tender for line 3, central section, has been announced

The section is ~7km long and includes 7 stations.

Details (in Bulgarian): http://www.aop.bg/case2.php?mode=sho...95840&newver=2
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Old March 29th, 2014, 04:13 PM   #622
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M3 construction



Sofia announced the tender for the central section of metro line M3.
This section of 7 km and 7 underground stations will be build by a tunnel boring machine (TBM). The construction of the stations and the tunnels is separated and will be given to different construction companies (one tender for the TBM and 3 for the seven stations (2+3+2)). This central section should be completed in 45 mounts and the price tag is cca. 280 million euros.




Stations on the central sections of line M3 (not final names):

1) Teatar Sofia/Park Zaimov/Oborishte
2) Orlov most (transfer to M1)
3) Patriarh Evtimiy/Graf Ignatiev
4) NDK II/Vitosha (transfer to M2)
5) Praga
6) Bulgaria
7) Krasno selo/Zhitnica
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Old March 30th, 2014, 10:44 AM   #623
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Red Line 1 Station 16: Business Park Sofia









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Old April 2nd, 2014, 05:09 PM   #624
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Good news, but only rumors for now - the section from Mladost to Sofia Airport of M1 can be opened 5 months earlier of planned - in December 2014! But as i said this is not official yet.
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Old May 6th, 2014, 07:32 PM   #625
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Blue Line 2 Station 7: Lavov most (Operational)

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Old May 17th, 2014, 07:29 PM   #626
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Update of the construction progress, tnx to Me4ok
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Station 22



More pics in the BG section: http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showth...79405&page=500
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Old May 19th, 2014, 12:11 AM   #627
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Glad to see the development of this system's progressing very well. It seems unusual for new stations to not have platform-screen doors; has it been mentioned why the Sofia metro is doing without?
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Old July 5th, 2014, 07:12 PM   #628
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Old July 6th, 2014, 03:51 PM   #629
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My newest report from the construction of the extension towards Sofia Airport (between stations /МИЦ/ Цариградско шосе and Летище София). Sorry for this, but without the section between stations 20 and 21. All the explanations are in Bulgarian, so don't hesitate to ask if you have some questions! Enjoy the photos!

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Old July 6th, 2014, 07:10 PM   #630
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Hi, I a question about Sofia Metro:

- I read in Wikipedia when metro was opened in 1998 that it was not succesfull because majority of Sofia population lived far from the system. Well, Line 1 was extended and Line 2 was constructed.
My question is: do you think with actual system Sofia has a good metro? It is now a valuable alternative to travel around the city?

- I read that some extensions are undergoing. I'm sorry I don't know anything about Sofia excluding what I've read in Wiki and books. I know that in the city majority of districts are from communist era with tipical houses.
My question is: what do you think of these extensions? Are the most necessary to the city?

Well, Sofia has a system larger than Budapest and Warsaw for example and the system is growing. I hope in the next years Sofia will have a good infraestructure.
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Old July 6th, 2014, 09:43 PM   #631
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gorgeous subway....
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Old July 7th, 2014, 11:39 AM   #632
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- I read in Wikipedia when metro was opened in 1998 that it was not succesfull because majority of Sofia population lived far from the system. Well, Line 1 was extended and Line 2 was constructed.
My question is: do you think with actual system Sofia has a good metro? It is now a valuable alternative to travel around the city?
The 3 lines are well designed to cover the densely populated neighbourhoods at the outskirts like Lyulin, Mladost, Nadezhda, Druzhba, etc. They will form a triangle at the centre with 3 interchange stations. Once built, the 3 lines will be the core of the public transport.

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- I read that some extensions are undergoing. I'm sorry I don't know anything about Sofia excluding what I've read in Wiki and books. I know that in the city majority of districts are from communist era with tipical houses.
My question is: what do you think of these extensions? Are the most necessary to the city?
Yes, except the extension to the airport IMO. But it's relatevely cheaper, prestigiuos and easily funded, so it has an added value. The other sections that are u/c are located in Mladost and Druzhba, which I mentioned are densely populated.

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Well, Sofia has a system larger than Budapest and Warsaw for example and the system is growing. I hope in the next years Sofia will have a good infraestructure.
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Old July 8th, 2014, 08:49 AM   #633
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The missing part of my report between stations 20 and ~22 (both underground and on ground infrastructure)!
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Old July 8th, 2014, 09:26 AM   #634
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Bulgaria is so gorgeous as a country..I would really love to visit Sofia !
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Old July 8th, 2014, 11:43 AM   #635
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Well, Sofia has a system larger than Budapest and Warsaw for example and the system is growing. I hope in the next years Sofia will have a good infraestructure.
Sofia system is bigger than Warsaw's one, but is smaller than Budapest's one (by number of lines, stations, length, ridership....)


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Hi, I a question about Sofia Metro:

- I read in Wikipedia when metro was opened in 1998 that it was not succesfull because majority of Sofia population lived far from the system. Well, Line 1 was extended and Line 2 was constructed.
My question is: do you think with actual system Sofia has a good metro? It is now a valuable alternative to travel around the city?

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In 1998, only 5 stations opened from the biggest residential district to the middle of nowhere. The 2 stations which connect this first radius with the city centre opened in 1999 and in 2000. Then, the metro started to be important part of the city public transport system and with every new extension this role and significance enlarge. After finishing the third line, the metro will have more than 50% share of all daily trips. The problem is the need for changes in the scheme of the other transport means and the better synchronization with the metro system as backbone of the whole mobility in the city.


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Hi, I a question about Sofia Metro:

...

- I read that some extensions are undergoing. I'm sorry I don't know anything about Sofia excluding what I've read in Wiki and books. I know that in the city majority of districts are from communist era with tipical houses.
My question is: what do you think of these extensions? Are the most necessary to the city?

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Sofia's biggest enlargement occurred after the WW2 with the quick urbanization and industrialization of the country. Many people moved from the countryside to the cities to work in the new factories. The same happened with the industrialization in the Western countries, but 2 century ago. They need quickly cheap houses for the workers, and the so called Comi blocks appeared (common in all Eastern countries and even modern in the Western, Le Corbusier ideas for Paris and so on). In fact, less than half of Sofia's population (~1,3 million people) live in such kind of flats.

Let's return on your question. Sofia, like Warsaw, delayed with the construction of its metro system (compared with common cities in the Eastern block or in Western Europe - Prague, Munich, ...). But thanks to the European and other sources of funds, the system develops very well and quick in the recent 10 years.



The original scheme of the lines dates back from the end of the 70s. From then it has changed many times. The passenger flows and directions change. The northern section of 2nd line was moved from the north industrial zone of the city (with thousand of workers and big factories before, with only small production sides nowadays) to a big residential district. A whole new trace for the 3rd line was accepted. There are many other factors when you plan, construct and operate metro lines, but I think, for the city, the now working and planed network is good. There is always some notes and problems, but nothing significant.

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Old July 16th, 2014, 10:33 AM   #636
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The construction of 1 new station on the south end of the Second (Blue) line has already started!

The tunel construction from station Джеймс Баучър towards station II-12.

The construction side of the future station II-12.

For the first time I made a short VIDEO, too.






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Old August 30th, 2014, 04:44 PM   #637
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Beautiful shot of Sofia Airport Station UC.
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Old September 20th, 2014, 09:23 AM   #638
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Old October 7th, 2014, 11:25 PM   #639
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i've been many times in Sofia this year so the last time i was there, I decided to walk around. I generally entered in the center and was going down to Mladost districts.
Here's Mladost 3

[IMG]http://i60.************/2r57ojq.jpg[/IMG]

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