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Tashkent urban transport

Tashkent urban transport

Tashkent MetropolitenTashkent is served by taxis, buses, trolleybuses, trams and underground. Public transport is cheap and generally reliable. There are regular bus services to all major towns in Uzbekistan.

The Tashkent Metro is the rapid transit system serving the city of Tashkent, the capital of Uzbekistan. It is the only currently operating subway system in Central Asia. It was the seventh metro to be built in the former USSR, opening in 1977. The metro stations are some of the most ornately decorated subway stations in the world.

Chilonzor Line (red): Construction on this line started in 1968, opened in 1977 between Sabir Rakhimov and Oktyabrinkilobi (russian: Oktyabr'skoy Revolyutsii, now Amir Temur Khiyoboni) including Khamza depot and one metro bridge over Oqtepa channel between Khamza and Komsomolskaya stations. It was extended to Maksim Gor'kiy (now Buyuk Ipak Yoli) in 1980 (including another metro bridge over Salar river between Hamid Alimdzhan and Pushkin stations). It is 16.7 km long with 12 stations - the planned eastward extension to Traktornyi Zavod (3 stations) was under way but now has disappeared from maps. Uzbekiston Line (blue): The route of this line crosses the city diagonally from northwest to southeast via the Toshkent Railway station. It opened in 1984 and expanded between 1984 and 1991. It is 14.8 km long with 11 stations. Yunusobod Line (green): Work is under way on this line to connect the northern districts to the airport in the south. The first 7.6 km section with six underground stations opened for regular service on 24 Oct 2001 (test runs began on 28 August 2001 - the 10th anniversary of independence) between Ming Urik (initially planned to be named Lokhutiy) and Habib Abdullayev (initially planned to be named Shahriston). The depth of tunnels varies between 8 and 25 meters. The strong construction of this line can resist earthquakes of a magnitude of 9.0 on the Richter scale. Moscow type 4-car trains are used on 100 m platforms. It sports a 1524 mm gauge and a third rail power supply (825 V DC). The average station distance is 1400 m and trains have a commercial speed of 46 km/h.

Tashkent is a key stopping point for rail services from Central Asia. It is possible to travel from or to Turkmenistan, Dushanbe in Tajikistan, Bishkek in Kyrgyzstan, Almaty in Kazakhstan and Moscow. It is possible to travel to China through Almaty and to Iran and via Turkmenistan. Ticket prices are cheap by western standards, but will need to be paid for in cash, preferably USD. There are many warnings about thefts of personal belongings on the trains.

There are road routes from surrounding countries but the borders may not be open and there have been security problems. The border from Afghanistan is frequently closed or not open to non Uzbek/Afghan nationals. There is a risk from land mines in some border areas. The crossing from Kazakhstan near Saryagash is open and safe. Allow one or two hours to get through, especially from the Uzbek side.

Bus and taxi
The city has a good public transport system which is cheap. The metro/underground system is typical of the old Soviet style with large and impressive stations and is actually quite modern. There are also modern busses and trams which are being renewed in 2008. Tickets (which on the metro are small blue coin size tokens) cost 300 SUM for any single journey. It is not permitted to take photographs in the metro stations. Police will usually be present on all platforms. Do not risk taking photos "while the policeman is not watching" because they have security cameras everywhere and policeman will approach you instantly and check your documents. In all cases do have documents while in metro (and anywhere in city), you can be checked any time.

Taxis can be cheap after some negotiation, however some of the vehicles are very old. While there are official, authorized taxis (with the appropriate sign on the roof of the car), in reality almost any driver in Tashkent can double as a taxi driver. The local custom is to simply stand by the side of the road with your arm extended downward and slightly away from the body. A driver will pull over and you then state your destination and negotiate the fare in advance

None of the major international car hire companies operate in Tashkent. Where car hire is available, it will include a driver.

The Tashkent long-distance bus station is about 10km southwest of the city and about 200m northwest from Sobir Rakhimov metro station, across the divided highway. Don’t confuse it with the regional bus stand beside the Metro station.

If the bus you want to catch is about to leave, try buying the ticket from the driver. Major destination and departure frequencies include Samarkand, Bukhara, Termiz and Nukus/Hojeli. For buses to Chimgan use the bus station at the Mashinasozlar metro. The busy private bus yard is in the parking lot west of the Ippodrome Market. Buses for Samarkand, Shakhrisabz, Quarshi, Termiz, Khiva and Nukus depart when full. There aren’t any schedules so the best thing you can do is arrive early and see what is going where.

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