HISTORY OF METRO SAMARA
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Samara Metro Museum
Samara Metro (Russian: Самарское Метро), formerly known as the Kuybyshev Metro (Куйбышевское Метро), is a rapid transit system which serves the city of Samara, Russia. Opened in 1987, it consists of one line with ten stations and approximately 12.7 kilometres (7.9 mi) of bi-directional track.
The city of Samara (known during Soviet times as Kuybyshev) is situated at the confluence of the Samara and Volga Rivers. Being an important junction of several waterways and railways, the city grew rapidly during the 20th century simultaneously becoming an important industrial centre. In the late 1970s its population exceeded one million, passing the legal Soviet requirement to begin developing a rapid-transit system.
The design plan for Kuybyshev was based on the standard Soviet triangle arrangement, but with provisions to suit the dynamics of Kuybyshev, whose business, commercial and historical centre is situated on the edge, on the bank of the Volga River. Whilst the edges of the city were located with industrial zones and Soviet bedroom regions, most of the central regions (the geographical centre) between the areas were flats built primarily for the workers. It was also the central area which experienced the most concentrated congestion.
In the finalised plan, the first stage was to pass under this central artery and then expand westwards towards following the bank of the Volga around the commercial zone and eventually terminating at the city's central railway terminal. Construction began in 1980, on the first four station stretch totaling 4.5 kilometres (2.8 mi). On 25 December 1987 the system was triumphantly opened to the public, becoming the fifth such in Russia and the twelfth of the former Soviet Union.
In the life of a large and dynamically developing metropolis, it is impossible to overestimate the importance of high-speed passenger transportation, which does not depend on the traffic situation and is not familiar with traffic jams. Blue subway express trains make the dream of such transport a reality. The peculiarity of the location of our Samara on the spit of two powerful and wide rivers, with the "city center" at the apex of the triangle, its length, has always generated transport problems. It is not without reason that back in the 19th century, Samara had the most expensive cabbies after St. Petersburg and Moscow.
In 2007, in the year of the 20th anniversary of the metro, a museum of the history of the Samara metro was created at the Office at 11a Gagarina street.
The museum is temporarily closed for renovation.
Hello. In this video I suggest you take a ride on the metro. The first and only line of the Samara metro was opened on December 26, 1987, and became the twelfth in a row in the USSR. Only 10 stations. 11 stations are under construction. The last, Alibinskaya station was Opened in 2015, the trains of the Samara metro consist of four carriages.