|Native name||Софийско метро
|Owner||City of Sofia|
|Transit type||Rapid transit|
|Number of lines||2|
|Number of stations||27|
|Daily ridership||450,000 (2013)|
|Chief executive||Stoyan Bratoev|
|Headquarters||121, Knyaz Boris I str.|
|Began operation||28 January 1998|
|Number of vehicles||52|
|System length||31 km (19.3 mi)|
|Track gauge||1,435 mm (4 ft 8 1⁄2 in) standard gauge|
|Electrification||Third rail, 825V DC|
|Top speed||80 km/h (50 mph)|
The Sofia Metropolitan (Bulgarian: Софийско метро, translit. Sofiysko metro) is the rapid transit network servicing the Bulgarian capital city Sofia. It began operation on January 28, 1998. As of 31 August 2012, the Sofia Metro consisted of two interconnected lines, serving 27 stations, with a total route length of 31 kilometres (19 mi) being the 34th most extensive European metro system behind the Amsterdam Metro and ahead of the Budapest Metro. The Metro links the densely populated districts of Lyulin – Mladost (Line 1 – Red) and Nadezhda – Lozenets (Line 2 – Blue).
Planned since the 1960s, construction of the Metro was not officially launched until the late 1990s mainly because the city did not experience an urgent need for an underground system in addition to the stalled construction due to lack of sufficient funding. Another factor was the depth at which the construction works had to be carried out: being one of the oldest cities in Europe, Sofia contains many historical layers underneath its central areas. Evidence of antiquity can be clearly seen at the Serdika Station which exhibits a wealth of unearthed Thracian and Roman ruins and modern architecture. During the construction of the enormous complex of the National Palace of Culture two stations forming part of the then future Line 2 and their connecting tunnels were built.
Due to the increased number of population, every day from the periphery to the centre and backwards, big passenger flows are being formed. The necessity of efficient public transport in the direction of the largest passenger flows, transport and environmental problems of the city have imposed the start of the construction of the metropolitan in Sofia. Following the ratified by the Council of Ministers of Bulgaria a Technical and economic report on the metro and the approved General City Plan, the General scheme for the development of the lines should consist of three diameters with extensions in the periphery, with total length of 62 km, 63 metro stations, and 1.1 million daily passenger capacity at the final stage of implementation.
|Line||Opened||Current length||Current stations||U/C length||U/C stations||Planned length||Planned stations|
|1||1998||20.4 km||16||7.6 km||7||29 km||24|
|2||2012||10.6 km||11||1.3 km||1||17 km||17|
|Total:||31.0 km||27||8.9 km||8||62 km||60|
First Line M1 – Red line
The first 6.5 kilometres (4.0 mi) long section of line 1 consisting of five stations linking Slivnitsa Boulevard through Lyulin and K. Velichkov Boulevard was inaugurated on 28 January 1998. Opalchenska station entered into service on 17 September 1999 and Serdika station situated on St Nedelya Square followed on 31 October 2000, extending the total system length to 8.1 kilometres (5.0 mi). The operational section of the line was further extended with a 1.8 kilometres (1.1 mi) long section, reaching Obelya housing estate in April 2003.
The extension of Line 1 continued in 2005 with the start of the construction of 4.8 kilometres (3.0 mi) of tunnels and three stations linking St Nedelya Square and the Interped World Trade Center in Izgrev (station Frédéric Joliot-Curie). 2006 saw the start of the construction of another section of the same line (consisting of 3.2 kilometres (2.0 mi) of tunnels and three stations) linking Izgrev and Mladost I housing estate. The completion of the first three stations was projected for the autumn of 2007, however as a result of various delays it was the second section from the first line (Vasil Levski stadium – Mladost 1) that first entered into service on 8 May 2009, operating for a brief period of time separately from the north-west portion of the line. The remaining section between Serdika and Vasil Levski stadium station finally entered into service on 7 September 2009 establishing an interrupted link between Obelya and Mladost 1 stations.
Line 1 branches in two: Northern branch from Mladost I to Sofia Airport (7.2 kilometres (4.5 mi), six stations), and Southern branch from Mladost I to Business Park Sofia (2.62 kilometres (1.63 mi), three underground stations). The construction of the first two stations of the Northern branch began on 15 February 2009 and was completed on 25 April 2012. The Northern branch extension to Sofia Airport is under way for two underground and two overground stations, 4.968 kilometres (3.087 mi), and is planned to be completed and enter into service by April 2015 at the cost of BGN 136,757,630 (EUR 69,923,066), VAT exclusive. The construction of the Southern branch to Mladost IV and the Sofia Ring road began on 25 April 2013. The stretch is expected to be ready in two years. It will cost BGN 85,767,683 (EUR 43,852,320), VAT exclusive, and is going to service the majority of the second most densely populated area in Sofia.
|Sofia Metro Line 1|
- Main Line
|Station||Image||In service since||Notes|
|Obelya (Обеля)||20 April 2003||Set to be used as a link between the depot and line M2.|
|Slivnitsa (Сливница)||28 January 1998|
|Lyulin (Люлин)||28 January 1998|
|Zapaden park (Западен парк)||28 January 1998|
|Vardar (Вардар)||28 January 1998|
|Konstantin Velichkov (Константин Величков)||28 January 1998|
|Opalchenska (Опълченска)||17 September 1999|
|Serdika (Сердика)||31 October 2000||transfer station between the Red (M1) and Blue (M2) lines|
|St. Kliment Ohridski Sofia University (СУ „Св. Климент Охридски“)||7 September 2009||situated nearby Sofia University|
|Vasil Levski stadium (Стадион „Васил Левски“)||8 May 2009||situated nearby Vasil Levski National Stadium|
|Joliot-Curie (Жолио Кюри)||8 May 2009|
|G.M.Dimitrov (Г. М. Димитров)||8 May 2009|
|Musagenitsa (Мусагеница)||8 May 2009||servicing Musagenitsa housing estate|
|Mladost 1 (Младост 1)||8 May 2009|
|Northern branch (under construction)|
|Mladost 3 (Младост 3)||25 April 2012|
|Inter Expo Center - Tsarigradsko shose (Интер Експо Център - Цариградско шосе)||25 April 2012|
|Druzhba 2 (Дружба 2)||scheduled for April 2015|
|Druzhba 1 (Дружба 1)||scheduled for April 2015|
|Iskar (НПЗ Искър)||scheduled for April 2015|
|Sofia Airport (Летище София)||scheduled for April 2015|
|Southern branch (under construction)|
|Mladost 2 (Младост 2)||scheduled for April 2015|
|Aleksandar Malinov (Александър Малинов)||scheduled for April 2015|
|Business Park Sofia - Mladost 4 (Бизнес Парк София - Младост 4)||scheduled for April 2015|
|Sofia Ring Mall (София Ринг Мол)||planned|
Second Line M2 – Blue Line
|Sofia Metro Line 2|
The second line of the Sofia Metro links the districts of Obelya, Nadezhda, the city centre and Lozenets to the south of the city. Half of the construction cost was covered by the European Union, with the remaining part funded by the state and city budgets. Construction of the 6.4 km section between Nadezhda interchange and Lozenets district via Central railway station and the National Palace of Culture started on 14 December 2008. Work on the section between Obelya residential District and Nadezhda started in February 2010. Both sections of the line entered into service on 31 August 2012.
NDK and European Union stations and their connecting tunnels were partly completed during the construction of the National Palace of Culture and the redevelopment of the surrounding area in the late 1970s and early 1980s.
In March 2014, a contract for a south extension of the line was signed. The extension will be 1.3 km long and will include one station, located at the Hladilnika neighbourhood. The construction works are expected to be completed in 22 months from the construction permit.
|Station||Image||In service since||Notes|
|Obelya (Обеля)||20 April 2003||Set to be used as a link between the depot and line M2.|
|Lomsko shose (Ломско шосе)||31 August 2012||servicing Vrabnitsa housing estate|
|Beli Dunav (Бели Дунав)||31 August 2012||situated on the border between Nadezhda 3 and Nadezhda 4 housing estates|
|Nadezhda (Надежда)||31 August 2012||situated on Lomsko shose boulevard|
|Han Kubrat (Хан Кубрат)||31 August 2012||situated on the border between Nadezhda 1 and Nadezhda 2 housing estates|
|Knyaginya Maria Luiza (Княгиня Мария Луиза)||31 August 2012||situated nearby Klementinska hospital|
|Central Railway Station (Централна ж.п. гара)||31 August 2012|
|Lavov Most (Лъвов мост)||31 August 2012|
|Serdika II (Сердика II)||31 August 2012||transfer station between the Red (M1) and Blue (M2) lines|
|NDK (НДК )||31 August 2012||situated to the north of the National Palace of Culture|
|European Union (Европейски съюз)||31 August 2012||situated nearby the Earth and Man National Museum|
|James Bourchier (Джеймс Баучер)||31 August 2012||servicing Lozenets housing estate|
|Vitosha (Витоша)||scheduled for 2016; construction started August 2014|
|Cherni vrah (Черни връх)||planned|
- Iliyantsi branch (planned)
- Lev Tolstoy (Лев Толстой)
- Svoboda (Свобода)
- Rozhen (Рожен)
- Iliyantsi (Илиянци)
Third Line M3 – Green Line
The 16 km long third line is planned to connect Ovcha Kupel neighbourhood (in southwest Sofia) and Vasil Levski neighbourhood (in northeast Sofia), with 19 stations in total, including two transfer stations in the city centre, with both of the already operational lines. According to the Municipality, they estimate the line will be put into service by 2018.
In March 2014, a tender for construction of the central section of line was announced. The section is 7 km long and includes 7 stations, two of them transfer to lines 1 and 2. With the announcement of the tender it became clear, that the initial plans for 19 stations had been partly amended and 2 of the stations will be not be built, one at Doyran boulevard and another at Shipka street. The tunnel of the central section shall be excavated by a TBM, while the construction of stations shall be awarded to other companies. The construction of the section shall be completed within 45 months.
Fares and ticketing
The price of a single ticket is 1 lev, equivalent to ~0.51 euro. It can be issued either by a cashier, or by a vending machine. When obtained, the single ticket must be validated within 30 minutes at a validator. Pre-paid magnetic card also could be bought (at a price of 1 lev) with minimum 10 pre-paid rides (at a price of 8 levs for 10 pre-paid rides). Daily and monthly cards are also available.
The system uses two types of rolling stock, both made in Russia.
The older train sets, type 81-717/714, have been manufactured by Metrovagonmash in Mytishchi near Moscow and consisted of 48 carriages in total. They were delivered in 1990 – some 8 years prior to the opening of the first section of the system.
The second generation of rolling stock, type 81-740/741 "Rusich", have also been manufactured by Metrovagonmash. The delivery of this type commenced in 2005. With line M2 now in service, 40 more trains of this type were delivered by the end of 2013.
|Year||Passengers per day||Change||Metro Stations|
|2014 (01.01 – )||27|
- Trams in Sofia
- Trolleybuses in Sofia
- Public buses in Sofia
- Sofia Public Transport
- List of metro systems
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- Unofficial Sofia tube map inspired by London's one, designed for foreign visitors
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