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<< Back to: Member News: ICLEI e-News | issue 8, June - July 2007

The metro in Kiev a heavily used piece of history

September 26, 2007

The publicly owned and operated metro system in Kiev (Ukraine) is the fastest, most convenient and affordable transportation mode in the city.

Opened in the fall of 1960 after an eleven-year construction period, it currently carries over 1.7 million passengers per year.

Built during the decades following the rule of Joseph Stalin, the original underground train station architectures leaned heavily on Soviet motifs.  As stations aged, a more decorative style of architecture emerged, integrating Ukrainian designs.  By the time Ukraine secured its independence in 1991, Kiev’s metro system took on even more Ukrainian embellishments, with signs and news announcements provided only in Ukrainian, instead of both Ukrainian and Russian.

The metro system will double in length in 2030, and will also be more accessible with lifts at stations and upgrades to older stations.

The Kiev public transport network uses a simple tariff system regardless of distance traveled:  tickets for ground transportation must be purchased each time boarded.  Discount passes are available for scholars and students, with pensioners using public transportation for free.

Private and commercial vehicles are a leading source of greenhouse gas emissions and other pollutants.  Reducing vehicle use and using alternative forms of transportation and alternative fuels are some approaches to reducing these vehicular emissions.  For more information, please visit www.iclei.org/ccp.

Kiev is one of nine local governments in the region of Eastern Europe, Caucasus and Central Asia that are currently Members of ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability.   For more information on ICLEI and its activities in this region, please visit www.iclei.org/europe.

Source:  “Kyiv’s Metro Attracts Local and Foreign Admirers”, Ukraine.com, 20 July 2007, and Kiev on Wikipedia.


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