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Metro as art gallery 地下鉄は美術館みたい

September 5, 2010

I figured that the metro stations deserved their own post because they are quite incredible.  My only regret is that I didn’t take more pictures.  Another of Stalin’s projects, the first line opened in 1935 and today, behind the Tokyo subway, Moscow’s system is the world’s second most ridden system with a daily average of about 7 million riders.  The stations are quite amazing in their design and decoration.  They’re also amazingly clean and devoid of graffiti.    If you want to take photos, it’s recommended you ask the babushky sitting in the booths at the bottom of the escalators (though there is a good chance they’ll ignore you completely) in order to avoid the chance of being arrested for photographing in a ‘sensitive area’.

本当にモスクワ地下鉄の駅は美術館みたいです。スターリンの企画なので壮大な構想でした。最初の線は1935に始めました。このごろ、モスクワ地下鉄は世界中に第2番目にぎわっています。毎日、七百万人ぐらい乗っています。もちろん、東京の第一番目にぎわっています。駅の設計と装飾は面白いです。写真を撮りたいえばエスカレータの一番下に座っているおばさんにきいたほうがいいです。地下鉄は「敏感な地域」ですので困ったことになります。

The metro system itself is a bit of a paradox.  Their ticketing system is very modern.  Moscow was actually the first metro system in Europe to implement the non-contact smart card fare system.  The trains themselves, while great in a nostalgic way, are anything but modern.  They are great, rumbling, Soviet era beasts that do actually have charm going for them just not air-conditioning.  Not a great thing in a temperature record-breaking summer.  At least the lines are quite easy to navigate once you get the cyrillic character recognition down pat.

地下鉄体系はちょっと逆説だと思います。切符体系はとても現代的なけど電車は大きいや古いソ連時代の電車です。チャームがあるがエアコンがないです。とても暑い夏の間、それは悪いです。とにかく、キリル文字を分ければ乗りやすいです。

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