The Kazan Metro (Russian: Каза́нский метрополите́н; Tatar: Казан метросы) is a rapid-transit system that serves the city of Kazan, Tatarstan, Russia. The metro system was the seventh opened in Russia, and the fifteenth in the former Soviet Union region. Opened on 27 August 2005, it is the newest system in Russia.

Kazan Metro
Train made up of 81-740/741 cars at the station Kozya Sloboda
Train made up of 81-740/741 cars at the station Kozya Sloboda
Native nameКазанский метрополитен
Kazansky metropoliten
Казан метрополитены
Qazan Metropolitenı
OwnerMunicipality of Kazan
LocaleKazan, Tatarstan, Russia
Transit typeRapid transit
Number of lines1
Number of stations11
Daily ridership83.5 thousand (average)
Annual ridership30.5 million (2022)[1]
Began operation2005
Number of vehicles47
System length16.8 km (10.4 mi)
Track gauge1,524 mm (5 ft)
Kazan Metro network map

Includes the Savinovo-Azino Line

History edit

Planning edit

Kazan is a historic and cultural centre on the middle Volga. The first plans to have a rapid-transit system were proposed back in the days of the Russian Empire, but after the October Revolution and the Russian Civil War, little was left for the design. Nevertheless, in the 1930s, Kazan, being the capital of the Tatar ASSR—one of the most visible autonomous republics and rapidly growing as an industrial centre—prompted some to propose a rapid transit system for the future, particularly after the successful construction of Moscow Metro in 1935.

However, World War II ended such attempts, and in the post-war USSR, only the largest capitals of Union republics could afford a Metro system. Nevertheless, in 1979 the Kazan city's population passed the one million mark: a Soviet requirement for a Metro to be allowed. 1983 was the year when the Supreme Soviet of the Tatar ASSR authorised planning a metro system. The original design was to prove the final one, as the City of Kazan effectively followed a typical Soviet model with a historical centre on the inflow of the Kazanka River into the Volga, and the various industrial and "bedroom" districts (housing complexes) on the edges. The first line would follow a north–south axis beginning in the Transit Railway Station in the north, passing through the post-war Stalinist buildings and then down south of the Kazanka, next to the Kazan Kremlin and through the historical centre to the microdistrict of Gorki.

The first geological survey began in 1984, and by 1989 the construction of the first stage was drawn up and submitted for final authorisation to begin construction. It was not to be. In 1991, the Soviet Union broke up and the economic, as well as political turmoil that rocked Tatarstan and Russia, caused the Kazan Metro project to be axed.

Construction edit

Bilingual signs on the doors of train "Do not lean on door"

Luckily for Kazan, throughout the 1990s, the status of it being the most visible autonomous capital reinforced its position; enough for the Federal government to issue a review of the project in 1995 and authorising the construction. The most prominent deadline was the city's millennium anniversary in 2005. After securing financing and training, the first stone was laid on 27 August 1997.

The first stage of six stations features deep-level tunnels all built by tunnel boring machines, and the stations are either sub-surface or elevated. Little of the original Soviet station plans remain in the architecture of the stations, with the emphasis being on traditional Tatar and Islamic motifs as part of modern high-tech designs. The first shield arrived in Kazan at the end of 1999 and was launched in May 2000.

Initially, the pace was slow and the financial problems were about to prevent the construction's on-time completion. In a desperate attempt, in late 2003 the Russian Ministry of Transport ordered metro brigades from Samara and Moscow to assist and the first stage was made one station shorter, leaving the difficult path under the Kazanka River to open at a later time. Another contribution was made by the Almaty Metro construction brigade from Kazakhstan. Thus, by the late 2004, a total of eight tunnel boring mechanisms were in operation. Overall, a total of thirteen individual tunnels had to be bored.

Despite a rocky start, Kazan Metro was opened on 27 August 2005 by the President of Russia Vladimir Putin, the President of Tatarstan Mintimer Shaymiyev, and the President of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev, as well as the mayor of Kazan and the heads of all existing Russian Metros.

The extension to Prospekt Pobedy opened on 29 December 2008 as the first extension south of Gorki station in the second stage. In 2010 the Metro extended across the Kazanka River, with the opening of the Kozya Sloboda station.[2] The Kazan metro opened a three-station northern extension on 9 May 2013.[3]

Operation edit

At present, the Kazan Metro is a single-line system that stretches nearly sixteen kilometres and has eleven stations. The newest of the Russian systems, it is also the most modern. Smart-card ticketing and semi-automatic train drive are features that at the time were just being introduced in selected Moscow stations. The system is operated by the municipality company MetroElektroTrans (МетроЭлектроТранс).

Like all Metros in Russia and the former USSR, each station has its own architectural theme. At present five stations are single-vault, and five are pillar-spans. In addition, one station exists on a combined glazed flyover.

Service edit

The metro runs from 6:00 to 24:00. The metro also sells smart-tokens valid for one day and smart cards (passes) which are valid for several trips or a specified length of time. There are discounted fares for pensioners, students, and children. Security is a major issue in the Kazan Metro. Like all modern systems, it is outfitted with CCTV cameras. Each station has its own police group for public order. Professional photography is prohibited.

All information and announcements are given in three languages — Russian, Tatar, and English.

Rolling Stock edit

The interior of Kazan metro car

Only the 81-553.3/554.3 «Kazan» model was maintained in Kazan metro since 2005. Trains were produced by Saint Petersburg-based Vagonmash factory in cooperation with Škoda Dopravní Technika of Plzeň, Czech Republic in 2005. These are the most modern models currently in service in Russia and the former Soviet Union and they are fully automated. As a result, they do not require an engineer or a driver on board, just a supervisor. A total of 16 cars (4 trains) are currently in operation with a capacity of ~250 people each.

In 2011 new 3-car 81-740/741 «Rusich» trains were bought for opening of new Kozya Sloboda. A total of 27 cars (9 trains) are currently in operation with a capacity of ~350 people each. 12 trains (1 train is reserved) provide 5-minute intervals on the line in rush hours.

In 2019 a contract was signed by delivering one train of type 81-765/766/767. The train was built by April 2020 and was sent to Kazan by May 2020, and then that September it has entered service.

Today there are 14 train sets operating the metro, out of which 9 trains are three car train sets with gangways only in the certain cars. But the 81-765/766/767 is the only type to have gangways between every car.

Lines edit

First line edit

Station Image Opened
Russian language: Авиастроительная
Tatar: Авиатөзелеш
  9 May 2013
Severny Vokzal
Северный Вокзал
Төньяк вокзал
  9 May 2013
  9 May 2013
Kozya Sloboda
Козья слобода
Кәҗә бистәсе
  30 December 2010
  27 August 2005
Ploshchad Tukaya
Площадь Тукая
Тукай мәйданы
  27 August 2005
Sukonnaya Sloboda
Суконная слобода
Сукно бистәсе
  27 August 2005
  27 August 2005
  27 August 2005
Prospekt Pobedy
Проспект Победы
Җиңү проспекты
  29 December 2008
  30 August 2018

Second line edit

A second line, with 12 planned stations in total, has been under construction since 2019.[4][5][a] The first four stations are expected to be completed by 2027.[6]

Network Map edit


See also edit

Notes edit

  1. ^ Preliminary work on the second line began in the middle of 2019.[7] Construction work began near the end of 2019.[5] The first tunnel boring machine was deployed in 2020.[8]

References edit

  1. ^ Статистика
  2. ^ Kazan Metro, Казаниский метро: Станция "КОЗЬЯ СЛОБОДА" Archived 2007-04-30 at the Wayback Machine (in Russian)
  3. ^ "Kazan metro adds three stations". Archived from the original on 2018-05-14. Retrieved 2013-05-12.
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