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The Moscow Metro


Let us begin with some historical information on the Metro. From moment the decision to construct the Metro was made on June 15, 1931 to the opening of the first section of the subway from Sokolniki Station to Park Kultury, which contained a branch from Okhotnyi Ryad to Smolenskaya Station, took a little less than 5 years. May 15, 1935 is considered the official "birthday" of the Moscow Metro, which was 11.2 km in length at that time. Though these figures do not seem impressive today, the Metro kept expanding, adding new stations, lines, and underground passages.


схема метро 1964Three years after opening in March 1938, the Metro divided into two tracks: from Smolenskaya Station trains traveled to Kurskaya Station. Each branch received its own name: the Kirovsko-Frunzenskaya (now part of Sokolnicheskaya Line) and the Arbat-Pokrovskaya Line. Shortly afterward, another line appeared called the Gorky Radius, which is now part of the Zamoskvoretskaya Line from Teatralnaya Station to Sokol. On January 1, 1950, the first section of the Koltzevaya Line (from Kurskaya Station to Park Kultury), which connected all the other branches, was constructed, and in March 1954 the ring line was completed in its entirety. From November 1958 to October 1961, a completely automated passenger entry system was introduced to deal with the turnstile jumpers.


At present, plans are in the works for a third interchange circuit that will resemble yet another but larger ring line, and somewhere nearby branches would simply converge at a single point. This has already happened been partially put together in the south. The Lyublinskaya (light green) and Zamoskovoretskaya (green) Lines have a common concourse at Krasnogvardeyskaya Zyablikovo Station. With the addition of the small Kakhovkaya Branch, the Zamoskovretskaya Line was able to connect to the Serpukhovsko-Timiryazev (gray) Line, which will in turn soon meet up with the Kaluzhsko-Rizhskaya (orange) Line, etc.


The following centrally-located stations of the Moscow Metro are the most popular among tourists and tour guides: Mayakovskaya Station, Ploshad Revolutsii, Arbatskaya Station (on the Arbatsko-Pokrovskaya Line), Komsomolskaya Station (on the ring line), Novokuznetsksya Station, Kropotkinskaya Station, and Kievskaya Station (on both the ring and radial lines). Great interest has also been shown in recently-built stations which employed modern design ideas in their construction: Vorobevy Gory, Vystavochnaya Station, and many others. 



 Click here to open an interactive map (provided by the official website of the Moscow metro)