A metro station or subway station is a railway station for a rapid transit system, often known by names such as “metro”, “underground” and “subway”. It is often underground or elevated. At crossings of metro lines, they are multi-level. This is a usual definition but with time these stations are getting modern and are becoming the greatest symbols of Art & Science.
1) Stockholm Tunnelbana (Sweden) –
The Stockholm Metro is well known for its decoration of the stations; it has been called the longest art gallery in the world. This not fully true since some other metros, most notably Moscow, have more stations with art. Several of the stations (especially on the Blue Line) are left with the bedrock exposed, crude and unfinished, or as part of the decorations. At Rissne, an informative wall fresco about the histor of Earth’s civilizations runs along both sides of the platform.
2) Munich U-Bahn (Germany) –
The Munich U-Bahn (German: U-Bahn München) system is an electric rail rapid transit network in Munich, Germany. “U-Bahn” is the German contraction for Untergrundbahn or “subway.” It is operated by the municipally owned Münchner Verkehrsgesellschaft (the Munich Transport Company or MVG). The network is integrated into the Münchner Verkehrs- und Tarifverbund (the Munich Transport and Tariff Association or MVV) and interconnected with the S-Bahn system.
3) Shanghai Bund Sightseeing Tunnel (China) –
This is the most fascinating metro tunnel as it has 647 metre long glass capsule lightning on its way.
4) Moscow’s Komsomolskaya Station (Russia) –
Komsomolskaya is a Moscow Metro station in the Krasnoselsky District, Central Administrative Okrug, Moscow. It is on the Koltsevaya Line, between Prospekt Mira and Kurskaya stations. The station is noted for its being located under the busiest Moscow transport hub, Komsomolskaya Square, which serves Leningradsky, Yaroslavsky and Kazansky railway terminals. Because of that the station is one of the busiest in the whole system and is the most loaded one on the line. It opened on 30 January 1952 as a part of the second stage of the line.
5) Frankfurt’s Bockenheimer Warte station –
This subway station looks like a metro train is going underground like an insect, very unusual design.
6) Metro Bilbao (Basque Country – Spain) –
Metro Bilbao is a rapid transit (metro) system serving the city of Bilbao and the region of Greater Bilbao. Its lines have a “Y” shape, with two lines that transit both banks of the Nervión river and then combine to form one line that ends in the south of Bilbao. The network of Metro Bilbao is connected with EuskoTran (tram services), Cercanías (commuter rail services), EuskoTren (commuter rail services), FEVE (commuter rail services, regional and long-distance trains) as well as the Renfe service (long-distance trains) and Bilbao’s bus station Termibus. It uses a meter gauge.
7) New York’s City Hall station (US) –
City Hall, also known as City Hall Loop,was the original southern terminal station of the first line of the New York City Subway, built by the Interborough Rapid Transit Company(IRT), named the “Manhattan Main Line”, and now part of the IRT Lexington Avenue Line. Opened on October 27, 1904,this station underneath the public area in front of City Hall was designed to be the showpiece of the new subway. The station was designed by Rafael Guastavino.The main consulting architects on the IRT stations were George Lewis Heins and Christopher Grant LaFarge for the company Heins & LaFarge. This station is unusually elegant in architectural style, and is unique among the original IRT stations, employing Romanesque Revival architecture. The platform and mezzanine feature Guastavino tile, skylights, colored glass tilework and brass chandeliers. Passenger service was discontinued on December 31, 1945, making it a ghost station, although the station is still used as a turning loop for 6 and trains.
8) Chicago’s O’Hare Station (US) –
Harlem is a station on the Chicago Transit Authority’s ‘L’ system, serving the Blue Line. Trains run from Harlem every 2–7 minutes during rush-hour periods, and take 30 – 45 minutes to travel to the Loop.O’Hare bound trains take 10 minutes to reach the airport from Harlem. It is not to be confused with Harlem station on the Forest Park Branch of the Blue Line.
9) Dubai Metro Stations (UAE) –
The metro stations of Dubai have a wonderful combination of modern and ancient architectures and their interior are inspired of the 4 natural elements air, water, fire and earth.
10) Pyongyang Metro (North Korea) –
Pyongyang Metro is the deepest metro in the world—the track is approximately 110 meters (about 360 feet) deep underground as it was made for the secret military operations. But it has the most splendid architecture in the world.