Refurbished metro trainsets enter service in Tbilisi
GEORGIA: Two modernised four-car trainsets entered service on Tbilisi metro Line 1 on October 23.
Originally built by Metrowagonmash, the sets were modernised by Electro-Rolling-Stock Repair Plant Tbilisi Branch (ZREPS), a 50:50 joint venture of Tbilisi Transport Co and the Moscow Electric Stock Repair Plant. They have received new control systems, microprocessors, LED lighting, external and internal CCTV cameras, and USB sockets, as well as a redesigned exterior and interior. The first set started test running on September 11.
ZREPS is carrying out work on three more sets, which are expected to enter service on Line 1 by the end of the year.
- On October 16 a 1·7 km, one-station extension of Tbilisi metro Line 2 opened from Vazha Pshavela to State University. Construction began in 1985 but was suspended in 1993 owing to lack of funds. Work resumed in 2015 and was carried out by a joint venture of Cobra Instalaciones y Servicios and Assignia Infraestructuras.