|Owner||Mallyore Islands Republic|
|Number of lines||3|
|Line numbers||1A, 1B, 2|
|Number of stations||22|
|Daily ridership||92,000 (2016)|
|Annual ridership||33.6 million (2016)|
|Chief Executive Officer||Dražen Ivandić|
|Operator(s)||Nikolovački javni prijevoz|
|Train length||45 or 60 m (3 or 4 units)|
|Headway||10-15 min (30 min during the night)|
|System length||~ 20 km|
|Track gauge||1.435 m / 4' 8.5"|
|Electrification||800 V DC|
|Average speed||30 km/h|
|Top speed||95 km/h|
The Nikkeltown Metro (Mallyorian: Metro Nikolovac) is a public rapid transit system in Nikkeltown, Mallyore. The network is owned by city of Nikkeltown and state of MIR and operated by Nikolovački javni prijevoz (Nikkeltown Public Transport). It is the largest metro system in country with lenght of 18 km. The operation started in 1994 and it was the second metro system in country, after Marian Metro built in 1979. The Nikkeltown Metro today counts 3 operating lines. With growing annual ridership of almost 34 million passsengers, it is main public transit system in city and country.
PlanningThe first plans to build a subway originated in 1950s when city started growing faster, but city was still too small and project too expensive for relatively poor country in that time. 1970s and 1980s brought great improvements and growth of country so metro topic became actual again. The tram and bus system weren't adequate enough for growing city and the architects started with first proposals. In 1992, Karlo Ančić's project was accepted and construction began.
In September 1994, first line between Manaš and Parlament was opened. On the first day 30,000 citizens tested new way of public transit in city, but 4 stations weren't enough: the expansion has started immediately. In October 1995, 2 new stations, Kampus and Gradska plaža (City beach) are opened. In 1999, Torčićeva station (today Metropolis station) was released in traffic.
2000s and further growth
The south of the city became the biggest traffic problem of the city, so construction of the subway moved souther. In February 2001, Kolodvori and Burza stations opened. That act also introduced new line, number 2. June 2005 brought the largest expansion: Putnička luka, Južni terminal, Industrijska luka and Sjeverni terminal stations are released. The metro wasn't only underground after that: three stations are built on the ground. Mančićev trg and Gradsko groblje stations (City cemetery) are introduced in 2007 and Maninovo station in January 2008. In 2010 Međenjac, Nevensko and ZOO station are opened up. In 2012 Slavinje station is released and it is decided to stop line 1 there. In 2013 Elezovićev park station is opened and in 2014 50. brigade station, which made line 1 split in lines 1A and 1B. There are further plans to expand line 2 onto the southeast and east (Marijina brda neighbourhood).
Line 1A is the most profitable and frequent line in city. In annual ridership, 58% of passengers used this line. With its 12 stations, it connects northwest and northeast of city through downtown. The first station is 50.brigade (50th brigade) and the last one is Međenjac station. Eleven stations are underground and only one, Južni terminal station is on the ground. This line is opened in 1994 named Line 1. With opening of 50.brigade station in 2014, it split making lines 1A and 1B. Its length is estimated about 12 km. A trip from the first to the last station is 25-30 min long, depending of peak hour. It is the busiest line with trains running every 10 mins between 06:00 and 23:00, and every half an hour during the night.
This line is introduced on 15 February 2001 and it consisted of only 4 stations, connecting Kolodvori and Burza stations. Today, this line has 10 stations, with Elezovićev park being the first, and ZOO station being the last one. Two stations (Stara bolnica and Nacionalni muzej) are shared with lines 1A and 1B, which makes them the busiest stations in whole transit system. A trip on this line is 20-25 mins long and it is the second busiest line in metro system, after line 1A. Trains on this line run every 10 mins during the day (06:00-23:00) and every half an hour during the night (23:00-06:00). This line has the most potential to be expanded, to the south and southeast.
There are two types of ticket: read touchless Nikpass card, which is valid for trams and buses too, and normal paper-ticket which you can buy almost everywhere, including in front of stations. The price of one trip ticket is 10 dyn and you are allowed to travel with bus, tram and metro, but only one trip. You can buy a day-ticket which allows you unlimited trips for 24 hours for price of 35 dyn. Week-ticket allows you unlimited trips in one week for 90 dyn and month-ticket for one month and 200 dyn price. There is also year-ticket for 1700 dyn which is only available in Nikpass card system. Children under 5 and invalids ride free with a paying adult. Children aged 5-10 pay 50% cheaper all tickets and pensioners ride for 20% cheaper prices. The fine for not having a ticket is 50 dyn if you pay immidiately and 180 dyn if you pay later.
During the night-time travelling (23:00-06:00), all prices are 20% more expensive. This is not valid for pensioners and children.