The design of Ekaterinburg metro stations will be completed until the end of 2019 so that the authorities could initiate the construction of the railway in 2020. “Costs to the second metro line were estimated at RUB 76 billion (EUR 1.04 billion)”, said Ekaterinburg Mayor Alexander Vysokinsky.
The municipality estimates that works will be completed by 2023 so that the line could be put into operation the same year, when the city celebrates 300 years since establishment.
The first metro line was opened in Ekaterinburg in 1991 and was later extended by several km. The last station on this line was opened in 2012. Every year, the only metro line in the city is used by 50 million passengers.
The fourth biggest city in Russia, Ekaterinburg announced it would buy metro trains manufactured by Transmashholding. The order was placed for eight new metro trains that will be built by Metrovagonmash, a subsidiary of Transmashholding.
According to the requirements of Ekaterinburg Municipality, the first four trains should be delivered in 35 months since signing the contract.
The rolling stock will be equipped with video survey systems and passenger information systems, as well as modern traffic safety systems. The front end of the first car will have special areas dedicated to disabled passengers.
The first car will have 39 seats. The next four cars of the metro train will have 48 seats each. The metro trains will operate with a speed of 90 km/h.