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Old October 12th, 2014, 05:50 PM   #641
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Metro line M3; project updates and changes

I am very pleased to announce that the project of metro line M3 in Sofia, whose construction should start next year, has undergone noticeable changes. To put it simply, the technical parameters of the line were changed, so that it can reach the criteria of a heavy metro line. 3 of the initially planned 19 stations on the the main line were removed, so now the line has the following technical parameters:

M3 (GORNA BANYA P+R - BOTEVGRADSKO AV. P+R)

* 17 km, 16 stations (12 underground, 4 above ground)
* 2 transfer stations (connection to M1 at Orlov most and to M2 at NDK II)
* 2 metro depots 1) Zemlyane and 2) Vrazhdebna
* Platform length: 100-105 m
* Trains - 3x33m carriages, 99m long trains, powered by a pantograph
* Cost cca. € 700 mil.
* Construction: 2015 - 2018/9 (central section), 2020 the rest of the main line, both branches after 2020.

The following map is providing a more detailed and schematic look on the M3 project:


*map made by Andrej_LJ and JloKyM

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Old December 29th, 2014, 06:41 PM   #642
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Old December 29th, 2014, 08:11 PM   #643
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Hi, I always had a question about the Sofia Metro. What is the logic behind covering the overground segments? I haven't seen that in any other metros. Is it to protect the lines from the snow?
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Old December 29th, 2014, 08:19 PM   #644
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Hi, I always had a question about the Sofia Metro. What is the logic behind covering the overground segments? I haven't seen that in any other metros. Is it to protect the lines from the snow?
Prague? And yes, they protect from snow and noise.
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Old December 29th, 2014, 10:23 PM   #645
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Prague? And yes, they protect from snow and noise.
Guess when I was in Prague I paid more attention to the beer and the girls, either that or I didn't take the covered line When I was in Sofia I didn't think that the noise would be a big issue as the covered parts are in the middle of big roads that probably are quite noizy anyway but I can imagine snow being an issue with 3rd rail systems. Thanks!
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Old December 29th, 2014, 11:43 PM   #646
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Prague? And yes, they protect from snow and noise.
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Old January 6th, 2015, 11:12 PM   #647
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Sofia Metro stations on 22.12.2014

Few videos I have made on Monday 22.12.2014 at around 18h, or during the evening rush hour. As it is evident, lot of passengers use the system and the stations are pretty crowded. I dont know what the Metropoliten will do when in April this year 7 new stations will enter service and there will be a shortage of trains to maintain adequate intervals on the system.


Serdika 2 station (lineM2, transfer to lineM1)



Serdika 1 station (lineM1, transfer to lineM2)



Sofia University St. Kliment Ohridski (lineM1, from 2018 future transfer to line M3)



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Old January 15th, 2015, 09:55 AM   #648
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A tender for 20 trains, that shall serve the central section of line 3, has been announced. An option for 10 additional trains is included to serve the future extensions of the line.

Driverless train operation, with Grade of Automation 3 (GoA 3), and platform screen doors will ensure the safety of the passengers. The trains shall have 60 m in length and the price is estimated at ~7.16 million euro per train.
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Old February 10th, 2015, 12:43 PM   #649
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By a user request I'm publishing some of the pictures I made of Station 16 Business Park Sofia:











Construction is in schedule and will be completed on time

PLEASE DO NOT REPUBLISH!!!
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Old February 11th, 2015, 08:15 PM   #650
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And another one from the same branch - Aleksander Malinov station:


2 from the other (to the airport) branch. Iskarsko shose station:


Sofiyska Sveta Gora station:

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More pics: http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showth...79405&page=642
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Old February 24th, 2015, 10:14 AM   #651
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Anybody know if the Metro is open at Sofia airport term 2 yet?
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Old February 24th, 2015, 11:22 AM   #652
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No it's still not, it will be open in the end of April
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Old February 24th, 2015, 11:25 AM   #653
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Ok thank you for your quick and informative reply
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Old February 27th, 2015, 05:25 PM   #654
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The northern section of line M1 towards Sofia Airport T2 is ready on 99% and will open at the beginning of April. Tests with the trains are already underway.

The southern section of line M1 towards Business Park Sofia and Mladost IV is ready on 96% and will open at the beginning of May.

Around 90 000 passengers are expected to use these 7 new stations daily. The total length of these two sections is 7,7 km.
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Old February 28th, 2015, 12:06 AM   #655
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It will be a pleasure to use the metro to go from the airport terminal 2 to the central railway station.
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Old February 28th, 2015, 04:12 PM   #656
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Sofia Airport station weeks before opening

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Old March 24th, 2015, 12:17 PM   #657
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I present toy you all 7 new stations of line M1 in Sofia. All these stations should open in two sections: the 4 stations on the northern branch to Sofia Airport T2 will open in two weeks time (first half of April). From the Airport to the city center we have 13 stations and the travel time will be around 20 minutes. The trains on the common part of line M1 will go on every 3 minutes, while on both branches on every 6 minutes. This 7 new stations should increase daily ridership in the metro by around 90 000 travelers.




The first station is Druzhba:












The second station of the northern branch is Iskarsko shose:




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Old March 24th, 2015, 12:22 PM   #658
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Next to the underground station Iskarsko shose, the main railway line Sofia-Plovdiv-Burgas/Istanbul passes, so the built a new railway station. On this station all trains will stop upon entering and exiting Sofia. It has a direct link from the railway platforms to the underground metro station. It is the second railway-metro transfer point in Sofia, from 5 planned in total.



Railway station Iskar:














The third station is called Sofiyska Sveta Gora. It is an overground station which serves the industrial zone NPZ Iskar. It should bring further development into this area od Sofia.



The last station is just next to Terminal 2 of Sofia Airport. It is also an overground station. With trains on every 6 minutes and a travel time around 20 minutes to the city center, it will be very convenient for the users of the airport.










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M1 southern branch to open in May 2015

The southern branch of line M1 to Mladost district is 2,7 km long and has 3 underground stations. Mladost is Sofias second biggest district which this stations will serve, as well as Business Park Sofia, where this line will for now terminate. It will be opened at the beginning of May this year.


The first station is Aleksandar Malinov:



















The second one is called Aleksandar Todorov-Balan:













The last station is called Business Park Sofia (Biznes Park Sofija), next to the Ring road. That is why it has an underground P+R facility.










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The second one is called Aleksandar Todorov-Balan:
It's Teodorov-Balan.
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