Monday, June 25, 2018

Innovative methods an option for Yekaterinburg’s second metro line

The Committee on Transport Administration is discussing two levels of innovation for Yekaterinburg’s second metro line.

The first level involves innovative technology for tunnel construction, which would decrease the cost and time of construction by a considerable amount.

This method excludes much of the expensive, time-consuming drilling that typically occurs during construction.

The Odnotonnelnaya Branch of the metro line was built using the method in half the usual time while cutting back on the time spent communicating between officials, and loading materials to and from the aerial building.

The second innovation would create an automated subway. The automation would require a dispatch control center with staff for the behind-the-scenes technology. The automated system would control many aspects of the subway, including the operation of the train, the electro-mechanical devices, security (including air, water and pressure), ticket sales, and information communication with passengers.

In addition to reduced costs, committee members said an automated subway line would consume less power thanks to more efficient acceleration and braking. It would require fewer checks because built-in diagnostics would automatically inspect the system. Most of all, the automation could increase the safety of subway travel.

The level of subway automation depends upon how much constructing the subway costs. Leftover finances will be allocated to automation technology.

The city is ready to build the second metro line, which includes 13 stations. Authorities are still discussing how the project will be financed.

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