The Russian town Saint Petersburg is also known as Russia's cultural
capital, the Northern
capital of Russia, the Northern Palmyra, the Venice of the North...
but once you might call the city also the Capital of Tramways.
Saint Petersburg once had the most extensive network of tramways
in the world
(even mentioned in the Guinness Book of Records). But now the network
is being rapidly destroyed by
municipality, only 2006 fall was more than 20 kms of tracks. The present
track length is under 230 kms (unduplicated), fleet went down to less
than 1,000 cars and goes down constantly. About 10 kms of remaining
tracks is not operated, about 30% of the network has symbolic route
operating frequences (30 mins and more). In any word, once the largest
system in the world is being rapidly destroyed in favor of car traffic.
The present "length" capital is Milano, then
Melbourne. Saint Petersburg is either No. 5 or No. 6, and if the trend
remains (new withdrawals are suggested), next year it will fall down
to second dozen.
With many thanks to: "Petersburgers - for Public Transporting"
(a very big site about the current situation, unfortunately only in
In this website we shall give information about the tramways in Saint
Petersburg, just follow the links below.
The website will regularly be updated.