In most cases, the underground (Metro) is the most convenient type of public transportation in St. Petersburg.
To move around the city by subway is faster, more convenient, cheaper and safer, than by car or other forms of public transport.
See also: interactive map of St. Petersburg metro. The map shows location of stations and subway lines on the city map.
The first project of underground constructions in St. Petersburg was proposed at the beginning of the XIX century. In 1820 engineer Torgovanov proposal was sent to Emperor Alexander I with the civil-engineering design of a tunnel under Neva river. Emperor has written the resolution on the offer: "To give out to Torgovanov 200 rubles and to oblige it not to do more projects. The first practical steps to construction of the Leningrad underground have been made in 1939. But during the Second World War construction have stopped. Construction of the underground have renewed in 1945. On 7th October 1955 there was a first test train, and then regular passenger transportations have begun on November 15th. The underground has been opened. Construction of the underground proceeded all the next years.
An important event was opening in late 2011 the metro station "Admiralteiskaya". This station is located near the main sights of St. Petersburg (St. Isaac's Cathedral, the Winter Palace, the Bronze Horseman, Astoria Hotel).
The next major event for the tourists will be opening the metro station "Teatralnaya" next to the Mariinsky Theatre.
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The first project of underground transport in St. Petersburg was proposed at the beginning of the XIX century. In 1820, a proposal engineer Torgovanov about construction of a tunnel under the Neva River was sent to the Emperor Alexander I. Emperor wrote his resolution on the proposal: "Give to Torgovanovu 200 rubles and require not continue to do any projects."
The first practical steps for the construction of the subway in Leningrad were made in 1939. During World War II, construction was halted. Work on the construction of the subway restarted again in 1945. October 7, 1955 launch the first tasting train. The grand opening of the first metro (subway) line in St. Petersburg was held November 15, 1955. Underground construction continued throughout the following years. In 2011 was opened metro station "Admiralteiskaya", which is located near the Palace Square and other main sights of the city. It is very useful for tourists.
Metro station "Teatralnaya" planned to open in 2015. It will be located near “Mariinsky” theater. It is planned to build metro station “Novokrestovskaya” near football stadium “Zenit-Arena”. (One of the stadium, which will host the World Cup in 2018.)
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