Retrofit of Metro Line 2 – Budapest

24 June 2005  •  Author(s): Tamás Szabó, Director for Metro Operation, Budapest Transport Limited

The East-West metro line has been in operation for more than 30 years. It represents the largest capacity and asset value in the public transport system of Budapest and can not be substituted by any other means of transport.

The length of tunnel and open-air sections of the tracks is 8.8km and 1.6km, respectively. The trains pass below the Danube and through nine traffic nodes capable of managing enormous traffic. The line has nine underground and two surface stations. The maximum capacity of the existing infrastructure and the fleet of vehicles is sufficient for transporting 26,700 passengers per hour and travel direction. The degree of utilisation is characterised by the fact that we transported more than 110 million passengers in each of the past few years.

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