It’s been more than a year since Prague’s Metro D line was announced to come with robot drivers, with few updates on planning and timelines since.
But documentation for the project is now being processed for DPP by the company Metroprojekt, according to Hospodářské noviny, with a price tag of 440 million CZK for the design plans alone.
Metroprojekt was also responsible for the design of the new extension of Metro A line, which opened in April of last year and was ribbed worldwide for failing to include an escalator at the Nádraží Veleslavín station. Riders on their way to the airport still have to lug their suitcases up the station’s stairs to get to the airport bus stop.
In total, the new project is expected to cost in the range of 50 billion CZK.
Eight new stops will be implemented along the line, which will also cross existing stations on Line A (at Náměstí Míru) and Line C (at Pankrác).
The first section of the Line, which will stretch for eight stations between Pankrác and Depo Písnice, is set to be completed by 2022.
The central two extensions to the line, at Náměstí Bratří Synků and Náměstí Míru, will be completed at a later date.
More information about the project (in Czech), along with visualizations for each of the new stations, can be found DPP’s “new metro” website.