Tajik authorities plan to build a subway system in Dushanbe.  The first overhead line that will connect Dushanbe’s Southern Gate and Guliston (Circus area) is expected to be introduced into operation in 2040.

“At first, an overhead line connecting the Southern Gate of Dushanbe and Guliston (Circus area) will be constructed and then construction of underground lines will begin,” an official source at the Dushanbe administration told Asia-Plus in an interview.

According to him, the overhead line will be introduced into operation in 2040.  “Currently, the Dushanbe authorities are exploring the possibility of construction of underground lines of the future Dushanbe subway,” the source said.

Some residents of the city have proposed to construct one subway line from the airport to Korvon market and another one from Circus to Zarafshon neighborhood, the source added. 

Today, subway systems operate only in two Central Asia’s cities – Tashkent (Uzbekistan) and Almaty (Kazakhstan)       

The Tashkent Metro was the seventh metro to be built in the former USSR, opening in 1977.  Its stations are among the most ornate in the world.  Unlike most of the ex-Soviet metros, the system is shallow (similar to the Minsk Metro).  The Tashkent Metro consists of three lines, operating on 36.2 kilometers of route and serving 29 stations.

The Almaty Metro is a rapid transit/metro system in Almaty, Kazakhstan. The first line of the system was opened on December 1, 2011, after more than 23 years of construction.  A 2.9-kilometre two-station extension of the Metro to Moskva station opened on April 18, 2015.  The metro system became the second metro in Central Asia, and the sixteenth metro in the former Soviet Union region