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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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News 2008
  • Dec 08
  • - Kazan: Gorki-Prospekt Pobedy metro extension opened on 26-12-2008
  • - Vitoria Gasteiz: the first segment (Landaberde-Plaza de america Latina) of the new LRT line opened on 23 December 2008
  • - Saint Petersburg: metro line 5 opened on 20 December 2008
  • - Krakow: Fast Tram LRT line opened on 11 December 2008
  • - Milan: metrotranvia (LRT) line Milan-Cinisello Balsamo opened on 7 December 2008
  • Nov 08
  • - Bucharest: metro M3 Nicolae Grigorescu-Linia de Centura section opened on 20 November 2008 (initially operated as shuttle service)
  • Oct 08
  • - Lausanne: driverless light metro M2 (Metro Ouchy) opened on 27 October 2008
  • - Warsaw: metro Line 1 extension (Slodowiec-Dworzec Gdanski) opened on 25 October 2008
  • Sep 08
  • - Marseille: T1 and T2 tramway lines extended on 26 September 2008
  • Jun 08
  • - Nurnberg: driverless metro U3 (Gustav Adolf Strasse-Maxfeld) opened on 15 June 2008
  • May 08
  • - Kiew: metro Line 3 extension from Borispolkaya to Krasny Khutor opened on 23 May 2008
  • - Wien: U2 extension from Schottenring to the stadium (Stadion) opened on 10 May 2008
  • Apr 08
  • - Warsaw: metro Line 1 extension from Plac Wilsona to Slodowiec opened on 23 April 2008
  • - Bursa: LRT extension from Sehrekustu to Araba Yatagi opened on 6 April 2008
  • Mar 08
  • - London: TTS-Tracked Transit System APM opened on 27 March 2008 at the new Heathrow Airport T5 Terminal
  • - Cagliari: Light Metro Line 1 (Repubblica-Gottardo) opened on 17 March 2008
  • Jan 08
  • - Perugia: Leitner Minimetro cable-system opened on 29 January 2008
  • - Bruxelles: STIB/MIVB operator ordered 102 Bombardier Flexity trams (to be delivered in 2009-2013)
  • - Bergen: contract signed with Stadler for the delivery of 12 Variotram tramcars (with an option for further 20 vehicles) to be used on the new LRT line (under construction)
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