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Karacsony: Budapest metro line 1 upgrade plans to be completed soon

The plans for the upgrade of Budapest's metro line 1 are nearing completion, Gergely Karacsony, the city's mayor, said on Monday, adding that the project would require cooperation between the metropolitan council and the government.

Addressing an event marking the 125th anniversary of the metro line’s inauguration, Karacsony said that an extension to the line could link it with tram lines 1 and 2. This, he said, would also be a way to integrate the “rust-belt” zone of Rakosrendezo into Budapest’s public transport network.

The mayor said that at the time of the metro line’s completion, Budapest had been the one “setting the pace” among major cities when it came to underground transportation, noting that this line had been the world’s first electrified metro line.

Karacsony said his administration’s vision of green transportation, affordable housing and the construction of parks was both a vision of a 21st century city and one that follows national traditions going back to the era of the dual monarchy of Austria-Hungary.

Budapest public transport company BKV chief Tibor Bolla said the project would involve a reconstruction of the metro line itself, an upgrade of the metro trains and an extension of the line.

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