After nearly a quarter-century of waiting, residents of Kazakhstan's largest city are able to ride the subway.
Work on the 8.5-kilometer (5.2-mile) line in Almaty began in 1988, when Kazkhstan was part of the Soviet Union. The USSR's collapse three years later severely delayed the project.
Need for the transit system has risen sharply amid the city's growth. It now has about 1.5 million people.
Thousands of residents flocked to the system on Friday, the day after it was officially opened by President Nursultan Nazarbayev.