Saturday, August 19, 2017

Yekaterinburg opens Chkalovskaya metro station

City officials in Yekaterinburg took part in the grand opening ceremony at the new Yekaterinburg Chkalovskaya metro station on Saturday.

Alexander Jacob, the head of the Yekaterinburg city administration, and Yevgeny Kuivashev, the governor of the Sverdlovsk region, congratulated participants in the training project and the people who were involved in the subway's construction, BakuToday reports.

Kuivashev expressed gratitude to the city administration and the builders for pushing forward despite financing difficulties that were faced in developing the Yekaterinburg subway system. He also said that constructing the first subway line in the city would double the city's chances of hosting events such as the FIFA World Cup 2018 and World Expo 2020.

In November, former Russian president Dmitry Medvedev, visited Botanicheskaya, one of the first stops completed on the Yekaterinburg metro. Medvedev met with the metro builders and joined them on a test ride from Botanicheskaya to Geologicheskaya, RIA Novosti reports.

With the completion of Chkalovskaya, Yekaterinburg now contains nine metro stations, which are expected to account for 20 percent of public transportation trips in the city this year, up from 14 percent in 2011. The cost for using the metro with a regular fare is approximately 56 cents.

The stations are entirely handicap-accessible with elevators, rising platforms and amenities for the blind.