In Transit

There are probably blogs or websites dedicated to show photos from all the subways and metro systems from around the world. There should be at least a few dozens of them and each has its own unique look. Over the years I had a chance to use metro systems in the following cities – Moscow, Saint Petersburg, Beijing, Atlanta, Washington DC, New York City and Almaty. All of them are very different. Each has its unique features and style of operation and definitely different architectural details. Some are more industrial looking (like NYC Subway), some are almost can be considered like art galleries (most of the Moscow and Saint Petersburg station built during 40th and 50th are full of art, at least I hope they still are, I haven’t been back there in 20 years).

The newest out of all of them is one in Almaty Kazakhstan. It opened doors about 12 month ago and only has a few stations on one line at the moment. They started building it about 30 years ago while I was still in middle and high school, then with Soviet collapse they stopped that project for many years. I was glad to see it opening doors this year and I was able to get a ride in it this summer while visiting Almaty.

Out of all metro systems, to me, the NYC Subway was the most confusing. It took me a few rides to understand how it works. Different color lanes operate on the same trucks and not all stop at every station, so getting a grasp on what train to take was a bit confusing. Fortunately there were some nice folks who provided a quick advice and then it was all making sense, well, at least at that time. Next time I visit NYC, I’ll probably have to figure it out all over again.

What’s your favorite metro system?

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