METRO [ 75 cities presented here ] (most recent entries: Feb, 19th, 2017)
In the common definition these systems have a completely segregated track, mostly underground.
The traditional metros can reach high capacities (> 10000 pphpd) thanks to the segregated tracks and to the signalling systems (with related high frequencies); the heavy impact of the construction works has been reduced by the adoption of bored tunnel machines (TBM), instead of the cut&cover method (which is mostly used for the stations).
The recent tendency in the metro systems development (expecially for middle-high rank towns) is going towards light metros, characterized by short rolling stock (and, conseguently, short stations), high frequencies (normally between 3' and 65'') and, often, by driverless operations. These aspects allow a remarkable reduction of the construction costs related to the infrastructures, with transport capacity values comparable to the heavy metro systems. Light metros also assure an easier insertion in the urban context (expecially in the old towns centers).
"Premetro" and "Stadtbahn" systems can also be classified in the metro category; they generally have ground level (but traffic segregated) tracks in the suburban areas and underground sections in the central areas; in many cases the underground central segments are utilized (at least in a first phase) by existing LRT/tram rolling stock (see Bruxelles, Stuttgard), while in further phases metro-like rolling stock can be adopted transforming the initial system in a properly-said full metro.
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- Dec 05
- - Dortmund ordered 47 Bombardier Flexity Classic trams (with an option for 5 more cars), to be delivered in 2007-2010
- - Dockland Light Rail extension Canning Town-London City Airport-King George V (4.4 km, 4 stops) has been opened
- - Northumberland Park stop (Newcastle, Tyne-and-Wear Metro) opening
- - English Government rejected Leeds Supertram, Merseyside Tram (Liverpool) and South Hampshire Tram financing, a causa dell'incremento di costo rispetto all'ipotesi iniziale
- Oct 05
- - Innsbruck ordered 22 Bombardier Flexity Outlook trams, with a further option for 10 more vehicles
- - Kracow tramway tender has been launched (11.8 km: 5.9 km of new tracks+5.9 km of renewed existing tracks) for a total amount of 60 M Euro (43 M Euro for the low floor rolling stock)
- - On the 3 of October in Valencia Bailen stop opened (Linea 5 of Metro Valencia)
- Sep 05
- - On 17 September Polo Universitario - Camara de Gaia (5.7 km) section of Metro Do Porto has been putted in service
- - Linz (Aut) ordered 12 Bombardier low floor trams (900 mm gauge, 2.4 M Euro each, to be delivered in 2008)
- - LVB society in Leipzig (Germany) ordered 12 Bombardier Flexity Classic trams, actuating a previous option (2.83 M Euro each, to be delivered in 2006)
- Aug 05
- - On 29 August Rotterdam Calandlijn Line (east-west line) has been extended from De Tochten to Nesselande
- Jul 05
- - Bologna Metrotranvia (Line 1) project has been approved and parly financed (first phase Fiera Michelino-Stazione FS, 92 million Euro contribute) by Italian Infrastructure Ministry; other 3 million Euro have been assigned to complete the studies of the further phases of the project
- Jun 05
- - UK Transport Dipartment intend to promote an extension of LRT Midland Monorail Line along Birmingham Snow Hill-New-Five Ways area (Edgbaston) route; it's expected a further decision by transport local authority, which alco considered an underground solution along the same track
- Jun 05
- - Bombardier signed with RET (Rotterdam public transport operator) a contract for a 21 additional Flexity Outlook Swift delivery, to be used on RandstadRail line track (Rotterdam-The Hague-Zoetermeer)
- May 05
- - Italian Infrastructure Ministry financed Parma metro project (172 million Euro) and Rimini Fiera-Cattolica rapid coast transport project (43 million Euro)
- - Remarkable first results for Luas Dublin tramway network (Green Line - 6 km -, Red Line - 15 km)
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