Line 3 (Budapest Metro)

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Line 3
Budapest M3 Metro.svg
Overview
Type Rapid transit
System Budapest Metro
Status Operational
Termini Kőbánya-Kispest
Újpest-Központ
Stations 20
Line number Line 3 ("Blue metro")
Operation
Opened December 31, 1976 (1976-12-31)
Operator(s) BKV
Technical
Line length 16.5 km (10 mi)[1]
Track gauge 1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in)
Electrification 825 V DC
Operating speed 80 km/h[2]
Route map
Budapest metro network 3.svg
Metro 3
Újpest–Központ
Újpest–Városkapu HSR (MÁV)
Gyöngyösi utca
Forgách utca
Árpád híd
Dózsa György út
Lehel tér
Nyugati pályaudvar HSR (MÁV)
Arany János utca
Deák Ferenc tér BKV m 1 jms.svgBKV m 2 jms.svg
Ferenciek tere
Kálvin tér BKV m 4 jms.svg
Corvin-negyed
Klinikák
Nagyvárad tér
Népliget
Ecseri út
Pöttyös utca
Határ út
Kőbánya–Kispest HSR (MÁV)
 Detailed track map 
0
31
Újpest–Központ
1
29
Újpest–Városkapu HSR (MÁV)
3
27
Gyöngyösi utca
5
25
Forgách utca
7
24
Árpád híd
8
22
Dózsa György út
10
21
Lehel tér
11
19
Nyugati pályaudvar HSR (MÁV)
13
17
Arany János utca
15
16
Deák Ferenc tér BKV m 1 jms.svgBKV m 2 jms.svg
16
14
Ferenciek tere
17
13
Kálvin tér BKV m 4 jms.svg
19
11
Corvin-negyed
20
10
Klinikák
22
8
Nagyvárad tér
24
7
Népliget
26
5
Ecseri út
27
4
Pöttyös utca
29
2
Határ út
31
0
Kőbánya–Kispest HSR (MÁV)

Line 3 (Officially: North-South Line, Metro 3 or M3, and unofficially: Blue Line) is the third and longest line of the Budapest Metro. It runs in a general north-south direction parallel to the Danube on the Pest side, roughly following Váci út south from Újpest to the city center, then following the route of Üllői út southeast to Kőbánya-Kispest. Its daily ridership is estimated at 626,179. Like Line 1, it does not serve Buda.

History[edit]

The first decree for the third line was made in 1968,[3] construction started in 1970, the first section was opened in 1976 with six stations. The southern direction was complemented with five more stations in 1980, and the northern one in 1981, 1984, and 1990 with nine stations, reaching its current length of 20 stations and 16.5 km (10 mi), the longest line in Budapest.[2][3] Soviet-made 81-717/714 carriages (prevalent in many Eastern Bloc metro systems) operate on this line. Operation started with 4 units in 1976, expanded to 6 units in 1984.[4] Six unit-trains provide space for 1,097 people.[1] It was planned for a daily ridership of 800,000 people.[1]

Line 3 runs in a north-south direction (more exactly, from north-northeast to southeast) through the city and connects several populous microraion with the downtown.[5] It has a transfer station with Line 1 and Line 2 at Deák Ferenc tér, and a transfer station for Line 4 at Kálvin tér.

Timeline[edit]

Segment[2][3] Date opened Length
Deák Ferenc térNagyvárad tér 31 December 1976 4.1 km
Nagyvárad térKőbánya–Kispest 29 March 1980 4.9 km
Deák Ferenc térLehel tér 30 December 1981 2.4 km
Lehel térÁrpád híd 5 November 1984 1.7 km
Árpád hídÚjpest–Központ 14 December 1990 3.4 km
Total 20 Stations 16.5 km

Stations and connections[edit]

BKV metro.svg BKV m 3 jms.svg Kőbánya-Kispest – Újpest-Központ
Travel Time
minutes
Station Travel Time
minutes
Connection Buildings / Monuments
0 Kőbánya-Kispest 31 BKV busz symbol.svg 68, 85, 85E, 93, 93A, 98, 98E, 136E, 148, 151, 182, 184, 193E, 200E, 201E, 202E, 282E, 284E
Bkktavolsagibusz.svg 575, 576, 577, 580, 581
Hungarian State Railways (MÁV)
3 Határ út 28 KRESZ villamos.svg 42, 50, 52
BKV busz symbol.svg 66, 66B, 66E, 84E, 89E, 94E, 99, 123, 123A, 194, 194B, 199, 294E
4 Pöttyös utca 27
5 Ecseri út 26 KRESZ villamos.svg 3
BKV busz symbol.svg 181, 281
7 Népliget 24 KRESZ villamos.svg 1
BKV busz symbol.svg 254E
Bkktavolsagibusz.svg 607, 608, 626, 628, 629, 630, 631, 632, 633, 635, 636, 654, 655, 660, 661, 705
Bkktavolsagibusz.svg (Volánbusz)
Népliget, Groupama Arena, Planetarium
9 Nagyvárad tér 22 KRESZ villamos.svg 24
BKV busz symbol.svg 281
Semmelweis University Nagyvárad Téri Elméleti Tömb (NET), Hungarian Natural History Museum, Ludovika Military Academy
11 Klinikák 20 Semmelweis University Clinic
12 Corvin-negyed 19 KRESZ villamos.svg 4, 6 Museum of Applied Arts
14 Kálvin tér 17 BKV metro.svgBKV m 4 jms.svg
KRESZ villamos.svg 47, 47B, 48, 49
KRESZ troli.svg 83
BKV busz symbol.svg 9, 15, 100E, 115
Fővárosi Szabó Ervin Könyvtár, Hungarian National Museum
15 Ferenciek tere 16 BKV busz symbol.svg 5, 7, 8E, 15, 108E, 110, 112, 115, 133E, 178
16 Deák Ferenc tér 15 BKV metro.svgBKV m 1 jms.svg BKV m 2 jms.svg
KRESZ villamos.svg 47, 48, 49
BKV busz symbol.svg 9, 16, 100E, 105
Deák Ferenc tér, Town Hall, Metro Museum (Földalatti Vasúti Múzeum)
18 Arany János utca 13 KRESZ troli.svg 72, 73
BKV busz symbol.svg 9, 15, 115
St. Stephen's Basilica
19 Nyugati pályaudvar 12 KRESZ villamos.svg 4, 6
KRESZ troli.svg 72, 73
BKV busz symbol.svg 9, 26, 91, 191, 226, 291
Hungarian State Railways (MÁV)
Nyugati pályaudvar, WestEnd City Center
21 Lehel tér 10 KRESZ villamos.svg 12M, 14M
KRESZ troli.svg 76
BKV busz symbol.svg 15, 34, 106, 115
Lehel csarnok
23 Dózsa György út 8 KRESZ troli.svg 75, 79
BKV busz symbol.svg 34, 106
24 Árpád híd 7 KRESZ villamos.svg 1
BKV busz symbol.svg 26, 32, 34, 106, 115, 120
Bkktavolsagibusz.svg 800, 801, 805, 810, 815, 820, 830, 831, 832, 840
26 Forgách utca 5 BKV busz symbol.svg 32
28 Gyöngyösi utca 3 BKV busz symbol.svg 15, 105
BKK hajo symbol.svg D11 budapest.svg
30 Újpest-Városkapu 1 BKV busz symbol.svg 104, 104A, 121, 122, 196, 196A, 204
Bkktavolsagibusz.svg 300, 302, 303, 305, 306, 308, 309, 310, 312, 313, 314, 315, 316, 318, 319, 320, 872, 880, 882, 883, 884, 889, 890, 893
BKK hajo symbol.svg D11 budapest.svg
Hungarian State Railways (MÁV)
31 Újpest-Központ 0 KRESZ villamos.svg 12, 12M, 14M
BKV busz symbol.svg 25, 30, 30A, 104, 104A, 147, 170, 196, 196A, 204, 220, 230, 270

Ongoing Reconstruction[edit]

Mayor of Budapest Gábor Demszky was warned in 2006[6] by BKV that the line would soon need reconstruction, but no steps towards this were made before the new mayor István Tarlós took office in 2010. The trains started burning or smoking multiple times, but this has caused neither fatalities nor serious injuries as of yet. Tarlós reacted by ordering the retirement of all trains that were more than 40 years old. He also started the reconstruction of the tracks, because they were also reported as hazardous. In 2014 the mayor's administration finished laying out the plans for the complete reconstruction of the line and Viktor Orbán's government allowed the local government to finance the reconstruction of the trains by taking up loans. Repayment of the loans was guaranteed by the national government in case the municipal government was not able to pay. The municipal government requested EU funds to finance the reconstruction of the underground infrastructure (tunnels and stations), the national government assured it would provide financing in case no or less EU funds were obtained than the necessary amount.

The first metro train was handed over in January 2016 to the Russian Metrowagonmash (the original manufacturer) to be reconstructed.[7] Tarlós had preferred buying new trains, but he had been overwritten by the Orbán-government.[8] The prototype of the reconstructed trains entered service on March 20, 2017.[9] Since then, the number of reconstructed trains serving the line is scheduled to increase by 2 trains every month.

On September 4th, 2017 the contracts for reconstructing the whole tunnel and the stations of the northern section were signed, thus effectively starting the reconstruction. The stations will be finished by December 31th, 2018. After this phase, the stations of the middle- and the southern sections will be reconstructed, the order of these two phases is not yet decided. Overhauling the tunnel is set to end by August 24th, 2020. [10]

Gallery[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c András Koós - Tamás Szirmay - Jenő Tiborcz: A budapesti 3-as metróvonal új szakasza ("The new section of Budapest Metro Line 3"), Városi Közlekedés, Year XXXI, Vol. 1, pp. 126-127, Budapest, 1991
  2. ^ a b c Árpád Bodnár: A budapesti metró két évtizede ("Two decades of the Budapest Metro"), Városi Közlekedés, Year XXXI, Vol. 3, pp. 119-121, Budapest, 1991
  3. ^ a b c Ágnes Medveczky Kovácsyné: 25 éves a budapesti metró ("Budapest Metro is 25 years old"), BKV, Budapest, 1995
  4. ^ Botond Aba: 30 éves a budapesti metró ("Budapest Metro is 30 years old"), Városi Közlekedés, Year XL, Vol. 2, pp. 71, Budapest, 2000
  5. ^ Budapest City Atlas, Dimap-Szarvas, Budapest, 2011, ISBN 978-963-03-9124-5
  6. ^ "Announcement about the state of Metro Line 3 by Budapest Mass Transport Company˝". 
  7. ^ "Reconstruction of Metro Line 3's trains starts". 2016-02-02. 
  8. ^ "Tarlós: reconstruction of the trains of Metro Line 3 can start". 2014-09-25. 
  9. ^ "The first reconstructed train on Line M3 enters service". 2017-03-20. 
  10. ^ "Contracts of Metro Line 3 reconstruction signed". 2017-09-04.