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The first line of Kazakhstan’s Almaty Metro was opened to the public in December 2011 after more than 23 years of construction. Only the second metro in Central Asia, the $1 billion USD project originally commenced in 1988, but was put on the back burner following the collapse of the Soviet Union before finally receiving continued commitment in 2005. More than 8.5 km in length and boasting seven beautifully-designed, marble-floored stations, the subway line is expected to serve more than 30,000 daily commuters. Construction of additional stations and expanded lines is already underway, which is projected to stretch the entire system to more than 45 km upon completion.