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Kiev Metro adds new Electric Train System

3. September 2009 by Gregg 0 Comments

September 2nd 2009 marked the introduction of Kiev’s new Electric Train system. Currently servicing Troieschyna, a historical village on the outskirts of the city, the electric train will now allow residents of the fast-growing district to travel to the far side of the city within seven minutes.

The Kiev Metro was the third rapid transit system built under the USSR and the first one built in Ukraine after the capital of the Ukrainian portion of the USSR was moved from Kharkiv to Kiev in 1934. It currently consists of three lines, with a fourth under construction. The Kiev Metro currently consists of 46 stations with 664 cars that service 1.6 people every day.

The new Electric Train system will actually consist of two trains that can hold 1000 passengers each and run during the “rush hour” periods, between 6 a.m. and 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. City officials have stated they have plans to build rail systems to other remote parts of the city in addition to Troyeschyna in the near future.

Kiev is also the site of what is arguably the first electric tram system in the world, built at the height of the Russian Empire in the early 1900s.