The Almaty Metro in Kazakhstan, that opened on December 1, 2011, is the newest metro rail in the world. It is just one month old and it took them 23 years to build it! Running 8.5 km long, people use it more as an attraction. Construction works began in the Soviet time in 1988 but after the fall of the USSR, the construction was frozen to be resumed in 2005.
To enter the metro, you may use either your multi entry smart card that expires in 90 days or a token valid during one day. Both of them are protected with micro chips.
- Trains arrive every 15 minutes.
- South Korean Hyundai Rotem has designed and produced 7 stainless steel trains specially for the Almaty Metro.
- Photography is prohibited here unless you have an authorization.
- Saturday is a token’s day. Each Saturday, people may bring their invalid tokens for free reprogramming.
[Source: Earth Russia]