The Birth of the “Blue Express”
«Our Soviet metro exerts a wholesome influence on those who use its services. The majestic architecture of the metro stations, their impeccable cleanliness, the efficient performance of the maintenance personnel and the whole atmosphere prevailing in the metro make a man stand up straight and behave himself…»
“The Opulence of the Red Line”
«The plates on the columns, made of transparent glass, sparkle like crystal. However, the concrete stems of the columns are not seen through the glass. How can that be possible? To achieve this effect, the architects and the engineers of the Leningrad Art Glass Plant moved heaven and earth to find the right shade of glass, but nothing worked…»
St Petersburg Metro Map
As of 2013, St Petersburg metro system operates 5 lines, 6 train depots, 67 stations (among them 7 joint stations), 72 surface pavilions, 243 escalators, 856 turnstile, and 1534 railway carriages. The average speed of trains is 50-60 km/h. The length of the system is 112.5 km. It carries 783 million of passengers annually. The deepest station is Admiralteiskaya on the purple line (86 meters).