On eve of the New Year holiday season Moscow Metro is giving a rare chance for metro fans to become owners of lightboxes that were dismantled during navigation system change.
The Moscow Metro renews its navigation system of a large scale every 20-30 years, for example: in the 1950s after the launch of the Koltsevaya Line, in the 1980s before the Moscow Olympics Games and in the early 2000s. Dubbed in English the signs also have exit directions as well as convenient icons.
The navigation renewal has followed the construction of new stations. The Moscow Metro currently includes 260 stations. Since the latest navigation renewal, the number of stations has increased by a third. It is since 2010 that over 70 stations have been opened including those of the MCC therefore, resulting in the growth of interchangers and lines.
The idea to sell out lightboxes was supported by passengers within the voting in social networks. The total number of participants is over 1,600 with 84% of supporters.
The lightbox prices varies from 1,500 to 10,000 Rubles (approx. from 20 to 125 euro). All signs require careful treatment. The sign price dependes from the sign condition, deterioration and historical value (whether they were used at central stations). Worldwide practice is also taken into account, i.e. old signs are sold in the London museum of transport.
Old lightboxes are available in the gift shop at the Tushinskaya and Mayakovskaya stations. Among them you can find signs with the list of stations and interchanges as well as familiar signs “No entrance”, “Interchange closes at 1:00 PM”, “Exit”, “Entry” and others.
To become an owner of unique souvenire you can also vizit the special webpage and make a choice!
SOURCE: Moscow Metro