Baku, Azerbaijan, Nov. 8
By Emin Ismailov - Trend: Until late 2013, the Baku subway and Russian Transmashholding will sign an agreement to acquire 15 new generation cars, head of the Baku Metro, Taghi Ahmadov told journalists on November 8.
Ahmadov said the new cars will be delivered to Azerbaijan in January- February 2014.
"The new cars are planned to be operated as part of the launch of a new, 'purple' line for the Baku Metro," he said.
Earlier Ahmadov said that five cars were delivered to Baku for testing as part of the contract signed with Transmashholding. According to him these cars will be used over six months for training train drivers. Delivery and operation of the new rolling stock in Baku were carried out free of charge.
Today the Baku Metro includes 23 stations and 34.6 kilometres of underground steel railway tracks. Its passenger traffic amounts to 200 million passengers a year. Baku Metro's last station is Darnagul, which was opened on June 29, 2011.
Currently a number of stations are under the construction, namely 'Bus Terminal', 'Memar Ajami 2' and construction works are underway at the Old Guneshli settlement.
Until late 2015 it is planned to complete the work in the direction of the New Guneshli settlement.