The metro system in Russia is deemed to be the pride of Moscow. The Metro project opened its door to the public in May 15, 1935 with 13 stations serving between Sokolniki and Park Kultury stations. The first official metro ticket with serial No. 1 was issued to Peter Latyshev, a foreman from the Red Proletarian Factory, thus it was recorded that the first passengers who rode the metro are the same people who built it. Today Moscow's Metro system marks its 82nd anniversary which operates 14 lines with 243 stations including Moscow monorail and moskow central circle. These lines go around the city so that passengers can tremendously save time on their travel.
There is a hidden cultural fact in metro' s. The broadcast in the metro uses different voices, depending on the direction it goes. If you go towards the center of Moscow, you will hear the voice of a man announcing the next station. The symbolism is the metaphor of a man's voice who illustrates the voice of your boss, who is calling you to work. Meanwhile, if you are going the opposite direction, you will hear the voice of a woman, which stands for the voice of your wife calling you home. This phenomen also counts for the circle line. If you go clockwise it's you boss calling, and against clockwise it's your lovely wife who is calling you home.
The longest line is the Arbat-Pokrovskaya, with the length of 45.1 km. The shortest line is Kakhofskaya, with it's 3.3 km it has only three stops. The metro commences public transportation at 5.30 AM with an average speed of 41.61 km/h for every train and operation ceases at 01.00 AM for maintenance. During normal hours of operation, the daily metro ridership is registered at 6.73 million passengers while in rush hour the estimation is at 9.28 million passengers. At any given time, performance and punctuality is maintained at 99,99 % even during rush hour operations which makes Moscow's Metro system one of most efficient transportation method in the world.
Moscow metro system is a remarkable landscape of Russian architectural art, it's also a most telling witness of the changes in Moscow since the Soviet times. This magnificent "palace", splendid "museum" remains as a bright star over the long history. The Passion of this northern freezing city overflows with the whistle of the trains, inspires the people in the rushing urban life. In the bustle and the noise, she stays peacefully and serenely as a guardian of the citizens, gazes at Moscow with full of tenderness.
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