The second phase of the Volgograd Metrotram prepares for launch

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Volgograd fast tram (Metrotram) — The only Russian system of underground trams. It has 19 stations located on a line length of 13.5 km. Of these, 3.3 kilometer long section of three stations located in the city center (Lenin Square, Komsomolskaya, Pioneer), laid under the ground by the standards of the underground. Land area is rebuilt from the usual tram line to ensure high speeds and minimize overlap with other modes of transport. The annual transportation account for about 50 million passengers.

At present, the preparation for the commissioning of two light rail line (segment "Pioneer" — "Elshanka", consisting of three new stations and tunnels), the construction of which is since 1984.
The second stage of readiness for launch Metrotram currently stands at 98%. All construction works are completed. At the sites takes place at night running rolling stock. Afternoon at the stations and in the tunnel experts completed commissioning and landscaping adjacent to the station "Elshanka" territory.
Admission of a new line of passengers on scheduled December 1.

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Enter the new site will greatly improve the transport situation in the city — because of numerous traffic jams tram there for a long time was the fastest mode of transport.
Just days before the opening, the new underground rail line "grind" with the latest model of Russian trams. The doors on both sides, space and comfort — for passengers. Electronic prompts on LCD monitors — for motorman.

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Echoing marble arches, while the empty platform and escalators stilled. The underground route and light rail station in Volgograd are arranged almost like Subway. "The difference is in the contact line, which is present in the tram and the metro — contact rail. And the height of the platform is different from the tram station subway station, "- said the head of the Directorate of building electric transport Leonid Brewers.

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Ground Light Rail stop to look quite normal, as does the tram. It provides direct drive of about an eighth of the city.

This hybrid was invented in Volgograd in the 70s. In the regional center, which stretches along the Volga, nearly 100 kilometers, the transport problem is becoming more acute, but now the metro then allowed to build only in the cities. And there lived 800,000 people. And then decided to relieve the road, "pull" underground tram.

Favorite townspeople and tourists surprising, unique in the Russian underground tram has been more than a quarter century. And as much remained uncompleted his second turn. Funding for construction was frozen when the most complex and expensive work has already been completed. The content of the vast mothballed facilities each year cost the city treasury of millions of rubles, and only in 2005 the construction was resumed. Now, with the breeze without traffic jams on the new tunnel will be to get to one of the largest districts of the city, and children’s theater.

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Stock
The basis of the rolling stock of light rail cars are "Tatra T3" Release 1980-1987 period. With the construction of the second phase of the stations with different locations of the platforms without crossing the tunnel and the reversal of the ring, which are necessary for the use of cars with two cabins and doors on both sides, is the need to upgrade the park.

Initially, the new line will come nine compositions, bought the mayor’s office, but for 2012 it is planned to replenish park trams for the second phase of another 16 cars. The first tranche of the purchase of rolling stock leasing schemes in the amount of 200 million rubles will be allocated from the regional budget this year.

Previously, the site is already published information about the tram model 71-154 specially designed OAO "Petersburg Tram Mechanical Factory" for the system Metrotram Volgograd.

Long-term plans
In the future, the line will be extended south to Volgograd State University — this will be the third stage of the length of 6.6 kilometers. Initially, in its composition to 2015 was planned to build two ferrying a total length of 2.5 km from the station, "District" and "Agricultural Academy," and by 2020 — four more in length 4.1 km from the stations "Tormosinovskaya", "Panfilov", "District 231 "and" University ".
It had been assumed more and construction of the fourth and fifth stages: from the "Tractor Factory" to "Spartanovka" as well as a new branch of "Lenin Square" to the residential areas and the Seven Winds Zhilgorodok with access to the village and Gumrak Airport. However, currently this is not mentioned in the press.

Interesting Facts
Underground stations are built with the ability to be converted into a full-fledged metro areas: you just need to raise the height of the platform to the appropriate level.
In underground stations installed kind of "gates." In the daytime, before descending into the underground hall, the passenger must purchase at the box office and pay off punch boarding pass.
At the existing underground stations providing high signal of mobile networks via GSM.
All stops are part of the ground light rail line announced to passengers as stations, although most of them do not actually have fundamental differences from conventional tram stops.

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The entrance to the stage to the center, to the Trade Union Station

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Station Theatre for Young People, visible finish station and the stairs to the surface in the dark

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