This post is all about the Dnepropetrovsk Metro, the metro which has been built for so long...
I’ve always been interested in Metro systems and these are some great pictures. But what disappoints me is that following the collapse of the Soviet Union, the state-owned oil companies fell into the hands of the oligarchs.. and now they are using this wealth to fund their own ridiculous lifestyles while the lives of ordinary citizens are hard and modest. Sigh.
Beautiful stations! Some of them look tailor-made for a sci-fi scene…
The last sentence in this post really struck me: “Sad to realize that all problems may be solved in one way: stable funding.”
Ah, yes. It is always so.
Interesting post, thank you.
In 2006, this metro had few passengers due to limited number of stops,serving mostly the industrial side of the city rather than the center, so trains were coming every almost 15 minutes. Ticket was a bit more expensive than Kiev metro. Don’t know about present situation, opening of more stations was planned, don’t know if it has already done.
First impression from this metro is that their architects were watching too much 80’s sci-fi!
Alot of energy goes into these subways. They are almost like churches or museums.
It just seems like misplaced money. From the other posts in this forums, It looks like the hospitals and roads in Russia could use a lot more funding. Also, your slap at the US was really weakminded. Considering the construction standards and inspection standards are so high in the US it takes longer to build here. As an American I look at mass transit as a utilitarian program for moving people (usually lower income) from point A to point B. It is not the source of national pride that it is for Russia. It is just a tool. Most Americans have cars and the roads are usually in great shape. We don’t romanticize underground trains.
Of course. No wonder. It takes hours to get across town in a car, compared to a few minutes in the train. Thats in the west, of course.
Also, your slap at Russia was really weakminded. You accuse Russians of spending time and resources on subways, while leaving roads relatively unattended. Its the exact opposite in the US. The roads are taken well care of while the subways are not so well maintained.
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