- Sochi Light Metro
Infobox Public transit
name = Сочинское лёгкое метро
Sochi Light Metro
transit_type = Light Metro
began_operation = Planned for 2014
system_length = km to mi|86.4|abbr=yes|precision=2|wiki=yes
lines = 3
stations = 24
track_gauge = RailGauge|1520 (
owner = City of Sochi
Sochi Light Metro route diagram
map_state = show
The Sochi Light Metro is a public transportation system under construction in
Sochi, Russia, that is slated for completion between 2013 and 2014 in time for the 2014 Winter Olympicsin that city.
According to a press release of Sochi Olympics, a
light railsystem was originally proposed which will span 36 km, [cite news|url=http://sochi2014.com/5349|publisher=Sochi 2014.com (2014 Winter Olympics official site)|title=Russian Railways on board Sochi’s ambitious plan.|date=2007-05-24|accessdate=2008-09-14|] but eventually a Russian-style light metrosystem has been opted. After Moscow's Butovskaya Lineand Saint Petersburg's Nadzemny Express, the Sochi Light Metro will be Russia's third light metro, among 11 Russian rail rapid transit systems altogether.
The estimated construction budget is $758,8 million.The system will consist of three interconnected lines, with a total of 86.4 km of track and 24 stations running in a mixture of underground, mountain tunnels, elevated, and at-grade construction:
* "Olympic Village" — "Grushevaya Polyana", via "
Sochi International Airport": 49.9 km, 6 stations;
* "Olympic Village" — "Mamayka", via "Adler Station" and "Downtown Sochi" (with possible extension to Dagomys and Uch-Dere westwards): 36.3 km, 20 stations;
* "Downtown Sochi" — "Grushevaya Polyana", via "Adler Station" and "Sochi International Airport": 69.9 km, 17 stations.
The Sochi Light Metro will operate three-car Rusich trains at headways of four minutes. The total number of trains is expected to be 80 (160-240 cars). At approximately 800 passengers per train with cruise speeds of 60-70 km/h, the Sochi Light Metro is projected to accommodate a maximum system-wide capacity of 70,000 passengers per hour.
* [http://www.mostovik.ru/default.asp?sidFavorites=1&sidObjectType=2&sidObjectValue=26364 Sochi Light Metro project page at NPO Mostovik corporate website (in Russian)]
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