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Daily press, 2009-10-13, 02:36 PM

Modernization of Metro in Azerbaijan

In Baku, the capital of Azerbaijan, six specially equipped escalators from ThyssenKrupp Elevator are now going into operation. All six feature modern multi-colored LED lighting to provide a “feel-good” ambience for passengers. Hundreds of colored LED bulbs along the step band can create numerous individual and changing light scenarios along the full length of the escalator. From simple color changes to sequential running lights to softly changing lighting – up to 20 different colors are possible. But putting commuters and other Metro visitors at their ease is not the only positive effect; the modern LED technology can cut the costs for lighting by up to 90 percent, while the lights themselves last significantly longer than conventional fluorescent tubes.

A further highlight: Three of the escalators in the modernized Metro station have a rise of 40.65 meters, transporting passengers between the platforms and the overground exits. Their resultant length of around 90 meters makes them some of the longest modern escalators in the world. By comparison: In a normal underground station in Germany, escalators commonly have a rise of between five and seven meters. The six new escalators from ThyssenKrupp Elevator have replaced installations that were some 45 years old. In the future they will guarantee not only the highest levels of comfort, speed and safety, but also a 30 to 40 percent reduction in energy costs thanks to modern drive and control technology.

Baku has 1.7 million inhabitants and is one of the most important ports on the Caspian Sea. It is known among other things for its oil and gas deposits and for its historic walled city, which was declared a UNESCO world heritage site in 2000. Baku’s first Metro service started operation in 1967. Today’s network is 31.7 kilometers long and has 21 stations.