A word of advice on Baku metro
Replies: 3 - Last Post: Oct 9, 2013 11:11 AM Last Post By: jhotterb
Oct 5, 2013 6:27 AM
A word of advice on Baku metroIf you need to take the metro at the 28 May station (the one next to the train station), there are two lines intersecting there (but you probably already knew that). And, I don't know if it's because of the restoration work going on, but the two lines leave from the same platform apparently alternating the trains without any sign or indication that I could see. It took me a couple of trials before figuring this out and getting on the right one.
So, before jumping into a train, ask one of the attendants on the platform if it's going where you want to go (the easiest is probably to give the name of the next station on the line you want to take).
Be also aware that, during rush hours, Baku could probably teach Tokyo a thing or two on how to squeeze as many persons as possible into a train.
Oct 6, 2013 2:44 AM
it's only how Baku officials (and only them) like to draw on maps issued by them.
Such organization, as it's drawn on contemporary official maps never existed, because not all needed tracks/tunnels exist for a such disposition. Only whenever in the future insufficient tracks and tunnels will be built and 2 separate lines will appear as Baku official draw on official maps now.
If you'll take a look to Baku metro map, issued not by their officials, but by fans of public transport - you'll see real disposition - not 2 intersecting lines, but one line branching on 28 May station and change to station Cəfər Cabbarlı to other line, consiting only of 2 stations - Cəfər Cabbarlı - Şah İsmail Xətai.
Moreover, there are additional inobvious thing with station Cəfər Cabbarlı. The thing which is considered to be the single station Cəfər Cabbarlı - it's 2 different stations (officially it's formulated as "tracks of station Cəfər Cabbarlı are located in different halls") located quite far from each other -on different sided of station 28 May and on different height. Here is 3D drawing, explaining real disposition:
It's hard to believe, but in the middle - station 28 May, 2 semistation on the sides - are considered to be station Cəfər Cabbarlı
Additional inconvenience - trains between Cəfər Cabbarlı and Şah İsmail Xətai departs from both track (on each track - 1 train operates like a shuttle) - so if you are on Cəfər Cabbarlı and want to take closest train to Şah İsmail Xətai - you don't know from which of those station closest train depart.
Oct 7, 2013 11:06 PM
2The first poster is not quite correct saying that it is confusing to define where the train is heading (which line it takes to proceed). The final destination of the train is clearly marked on both head train and on electronic display panel at the station. There is nothing new - same system as in London underground.
Same concerns Cəfər Cabbarlı station and passage to 28 May station. All is clearly marked, in fact it is so simple and clearly marked that it would be very hard to make a person confused.
Oct 9, 2013 11:11 AM
3Well, to be honest, a couple of days later I met another guy who also got on the wrong train at the station so it looks like it's not that difficult to get confused if you don't suspect that the two lines leave from the same platform.
Now,if you know that and if the destination is indeed indicated on the train I guess it is more difficult to get confused.
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