Line 2 (Saint Petersburg Metro)

Line 2 of the Saint Petersburg Metro, also known as Moskovsko-Petrogradskaya Line (Russian: Моско́вско-Петрогра́дская ли́ния) or Blue Line, is a second oldest rapid transit line in Saint Petersburg, Russia, opened in 1961, which connects city centre with the northern and southern districts. It featured the first cross-platform transfer in the USSR. It was also the first metro line in Saint Petersburg to feature a unique platform type that soon became dubbed as "Horizontal Lift". The line cuts Saint Petersburg on a north-south axis and is generally coloured blue on Metro maps. In 2006, as an extension was opened, it became the longest line on the system.

Line 2 (Moskovsko-Petrogradskaya)
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Overview
StatusOperational
OwnerSaint Petersburg Metro
TerminiParnas
Kupchino
Stations18
Service
TypeRapid transit
SystemSaint Petersburg Metro
History
Opened1961
Technical
Line length30.1 km (18.7 mi)
Track gauge1,524 mm (5 ft)
Route map

Depot 6 Vyborgskoye
Parnas
train deposit sidings
Prospekt Prosvescheniya
Ozerki
maintenance point
Udelnaya
Pionerskaya
Chyornaya Rechka
headshunt
Petrogradskaya
Gorkovskaya
service siding to line 5
Nevsky Prospekt
Sennaya Ploshchad
to track 1 of line 2
Tekhnologichesky Institut
to track 2 of line 1
Frunzenskaya
Moskovskiye Vorota
Elektrosila
Park Pobedy
Moskovskaya
headshunt
Zvyozdnaya
Kupchino
Depot 3 Moskovskoye
Udelnaya station

TimelineEdit

Segment Date opened Length
Tekhnologichesky Institut to Park Pobedy 29 April 1961 5.5 km
Tekhnologichesky Institut to Petrogradskaya 1 July 1963 6.0 km
Park Pobedy to Moskovskaya 25 December 1969 1.7 km
Moskovskaya to Kupchino 25 December 1972 4.5 km
Petrogradskaya to Udelnaya 6 November 1982 6.1 km
Udelnaya to Prospekt Prosveshcheniya 19 August 1988 4.1 km
Prospekt Prosveshcheniya to Parnas 22 December 2006 2.2 km
Total: 18 Stations 30.1 km

Name changesEdit

Station Previous name(s) Years
Sennaya Ploshchad Ploshchad Mira 1963–1991

TransfersEdit

Transfer to At
  Tekhnologichesky Institut
  Nevskiy Prospekt
  Sennaya Ploshchad
  Sennaya Ploshchad

The Tekhnologichesky Institut transfer is a cross-platform one.

Rolling stockEdit

The line is served by the Moskovskoe (№ 3) depot, and has 56 six-carriage trains assigned to it. Most of these are of type 81-714/717, but some are the .5 standard, built in the 1970s through the 1990s. There are also newer 81-540.1/541.1 and .9 trains running since 2000.

Recent developments and future plansEdit

The line is complete as such, and the recent extension to Parnas means that in the long future no future extensions will be built. However it is very likely that some of the central stations will be receiving much needed repairs internally and externally.