After the inauguration of the first underground line in London 1863, more European capitals have taken the idea of building underground means of transport.
The Bucharest underground is a project outlined by student Dimitrie Leonida in 1908, whose bachelor’s degree was the adaptation of such innovation for the capital city, romania-actualitati.ro informs.
After nearly 40 years since the first design of the underground, the first section connecting downtown city to the district of Grozăveşti, on the line Semănătoarea – Timpuri Noi was inaugurated.
Over time, the number of stations has grown to 51, with a network of four lines of about 70 km double track. More and more increasingly Bucharesters prefer this means of transport because of the rapidity of the underground, but also as a solution to congestion on the surface. Currently, more than 35% of the total passengers travel daily by underground, one of the most modern underground networks in the world with over 600,000 thousand passengers daily.
The development of the Bucharest underground provides the commissioning in December of two stations on the ring road, Laminorului and Străulești, and in the second half of 2017 the inauguration of line 5 Drumul Taberei.
Metrorex management aims at reaching the level of use by more than 50% of the total number of passengers in Bucharest.