Happy Birthday, Prague Metro

metro Karlovo nam

stanice Karlovo Náměstí

Metro slaví třicáté třetí narozeniny

Kristova léta – the Jesus year – the Prague metro is 33 years old today.

On the 9th of May 1974, Gustáv Husák, general secretary of the Czechoslovak Communist party, cut the ribbon at Kačerov station and rode the first train to the other end of the line, which was Sokolovská station – now Florenc. That first section of Line C was 6.6 km long and had 9 stations.

Today there are 3 lines, 54 stations and 54.7 km of track. Over 1 million people ride the metro each day, and over 400 million people in a year.

Line C is already being extended for the 4th time and will reach Letňany next year. In 2009, construction will begin on the first phase of Line D, which will go in the direction Hlavní nádraží-Náměstí Míru-Otakarova-Pankrác-Pisnice. And the long-term vision includes extending line A all the way out to the airport.

And here is Max’s special birthday trivia: on the 22nd of February 1990, some of the metro stations were rechristened for ideological reasons. These are the stations that used to have other names:

  • Anděl used to be Moskevska
  • Chodov was Budovatelů
  • Dejvická was Leninova
  • Florenc was Sokolovská
  • Háje was Kosmonautů
  • Jinonice was Švermova
  • Nádraží Holešovice was Fučíkova
  • Nové Butovice was Dukelská
  • Opatov was Družby
  • Pankrác was Mládežnická
  • Roztyly was Primátora Vacka
  • Vyšehrad was Gottwaldova




2 Responses to Happy Birthday, Prague Metro

  1. ludo says:

    But Kosmonaut is a pretty great name though

  2. Max says:

    You are right, Ludo. They were perhaps being a bit over-sensitive to the Sovietness of it all. I always loved that the street that we lived on in Ústí had been called Leninova. I still have an old map…

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