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The St. Petersburg metro system is one of the most beautiful and efficient in the world. Each station is uniquely and beautifully designed to make travel comfortable for all its passengers. The cleanliness and reliability of the trains and stations are one of the most important aspects of the metropolitan. The metropolitan will continue to grow over the next few years, as the government of St. Petersburg wants that the metro will be easier to access for all, and to decrease the amount of traffic on the streets. But there are many facts and statistics that not everyone who rides the metro knows about. 

The St. Petersburg metro opened in November 15, 1955. Originally, the metro composed of only seven stations. Then the next phase of the expansion took place three years later in 1958. After this, the metro system gradually became larger, as the amount of lines and stations grew throughout the 20th century. The metro system is one of the deepest in the world, and the 12th busiest metropolitan in the world.  While having the deepest metro in the world, problems such as collapse and flooding took place in 1995, when the line was physically cut off between Lesnaya station and Ploshad Muzhestva station. The stations were then reopened in 2004, and the normal service of the northern red line took place after nine long years. The metro system transports about two and a half million people daily around the city. The metropolitan has five different lines, but the overall plan is to have the metro system consist of nine lines in the next 20-50 years. Currently the metro has 67 stations and some of the most beautiful stations are: Avtovo, Admiralteyskaya, and Spasskaya. Admiralteyskaya is the deepest station at a stunning 105 meters underground. It is also the newest station in St. Petersburg. 

The metro has 188 trains speeding through its tunnels. The metro also has five depots where the trains are kept after the metro closes around 00:15. The metro opens usually around 05:35. The metropolitan had a second purpose when it was first being built. The fear of nuclear war with the United States prompted the architects to think of a way to store food, supplies, and people if the Soviet Union and St. Petersburg were to ever be attacked. 

St. Petersburg is home to one of the most beautiful metro systems in the world. It’s something that the citizens of St. Petersburg are proud of, and the history and behind the scenes activities of the metro are amazing feats of achievement.

IMPORTANT UPDATE: See the updated map of St-Petersburg (2014) at http://www.metro.spb.ru/uploads/img/map/shema_26.09.13c.jpg

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