The line is short, just seven stations; from west to east: Rondo Daszyńskiego, Rondo ONZ, Świętokrzyska, Nowy Świat - Uniwersytet, Centrum Nauki Kopernika, (then under the Vistula), Stadion Narodowy and Dworzec Wileński.
So then. Starting from the west end of the line, Rondo Daszyńskiego (below). Note the red station entrance, shaped like a large, post-modern letter 'M' sloping towards the ground. Not too far away, Warsaw Spire rises above the neighbourhood, which will soon fill up with new skyscrapers as the city's central business district expands westwards.
Below: the new stations have sliding glass doors, head-height, impossible to jump over, unlike the gates on the first Metro line. Fare dodging has become harder.
It's eight in the morning, so rush hour... where are the crowds? The new public transport solution has not yet made its impact on commuters; no doubt in weeks to come, more and more people will start to use the new line.
Next stop, Rondo ONZ (below). The murals on the station walls were designed by famous Polish artist, Wojciech Fangor (92). Typographically unique and characteristically Polish, imparting a sense of urgency and style.
Westwards to Świętokrzyska, the interchange station with Line M1. Passengers wanting to change lines can either go up to level -1, go through the gates, enter the gates to the other line, and descend once more to platform level, or use the connecting passage (see next post). Warning: if you have a single-use ticket, do not go up to change lines, use the connecting passage.
The next stop is Nowy Świat - Uniwersytet, located at the junction of Nowy Świat and the east end of ul. Świętokrzyska.
Then to Centrum Nauki Kopernika (which was originally to be called Powiśle), and under the river, stopping at Stadion Narodowy, the train finally terminates at Dworzec Wileński, interchange for the station from which mainline trains would once depart for Wilno/Vilnius (but sadly today Polish trains no longer go there). Mr Fangor's graphics seen to good effect here. The journey from Rondo Daszyńskiego to Dworzec Wileński took just ten minutes, including five station stops along the way.
Below: entrance to the Metro at Dworzec Wileński, this time in blue. This is an important interchange from trams, suburban trains and buses. Time to head back to the city centre. Remember, this is rush hour...
Back at Świętokrzyska. Day two of operations, and two of the escalators are already broken. The up escalators (the single down escalator is working OK). The middle one is being fixed, so it's closed off, passenger troop up the stationary one on the right.
Meanwhile back to Line M1 for a train to Centrum and to work. It arrives. It is so packed I cannot squeeze on board, and have to wait for the next one, only slightly less crowded.
It's been a long wait; I wonder how long before Line M2 is completed (Line M1 took over 13 years to get from Kabaty to Młociny). Finally, the length of time between the opening of the first and second metro lines around the world:
- Paris - first and second line both opened in same year(1900)
- Hamburg - one year (first line: 1912, second line: 1913)
- Stockholm - one year (first line: 1950, second line: 1951)
- Mexico City - one year (first line: 1969, second line: 1970)
- Moscow - three years (first line: 1935, second line: 1938)
- New York - four years (first line: 1904, second line: 1908)
- Prague - four years (first line: 1974, second line: 1978)
- London - five years (first line: 1863, second line: 1868)
- Madrid - five years (first line: 1919, second line: 1924)
- Minsk - six years (first line: 1984, second line: 1990)
- Berlin - eight years (first line: 1902, second line: 1910)
- Beijing - 15 years (first line: 1969, second line: 1984)
- Buenos Aires - 17 years (first line: 1913, second line: 1930)
- Warsaw - 20 years (first line: 1995, second line: 2015)
- Rome - 25 years (first line: 1955, second line: 1980)
- Tokyo - 27 years (first line: 1927, second line: 1954)
- Budapest - 74 years (first line: 1896, second line: 1970)
- Athens - 131 years (first line: 1869, second line: 2000)
This time two years ago:
A selfless faith
This time three years ago:
Ul. Profesorska after the remont
This time four years ago:
Lent kicks off again, for the 20th year in a row for me
This time five years ago:
Half way through Lent
This time seven years ago:
Spring much closer