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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 2009
  • Dec 09
  • - Wuppertal: Schwebebahn monorail service suspended on 15 December 2009 due to security reasons (heavy maintenance works) until spring 2010
  • - Barcelona: driverless metro L9/10 opened on 13 December 2009 (Can Peixauet-Can Zam section)
  • - Dublin: Busaras-The Point stretch (tram Red Line) opened on 8 December 2009
  • Nov 09
  • - Sevilla: Condequinto-Olivar de Quinto section (LRT Line 1) opened on 23 December 2009
  • Sep 09
  • - Sevilla: Puerta Jerez stop (LRT Line 1) opened on 16 September 2009
  • - Brest: contract signed with Alstom for the delivery of 20 Citadis vehicles for the new tram line
  • - Dijon: contract signed with Alstom for the delivery of 32 Citadis vehicles for the new tram line
  • - Sheffield: tram-train trial service (along an existing freight railway from Meadowhall to Rothenham, with a connection to the Supertam network) announced on 16 September 2009
  • - Karlsruhe: contract signed with Bombardier for the delivery of 30 Flexity Swift dual vehicles (2011-2013, 129 M Euro)
  • - Athens: Nomismatokopio (metro Line 3) opened on 02 September 2009
  • Aug 09
  • - Lisbon: Alameda-Sao Sebastiao extension of Linha do Oriente (Vermelha) opened on 29 August 2009
  • Jul 09
  • - Bilbao: Portugalete-Santurtzi extension of LRT Line 2 opened on 4 July 2009
  • - Mulhouse: Rattachement-Chataignier extension of tram Line 1 opened on 4 July 2009
  • May 09
  • - Sofia: Vasil Levski Stadium-Mladost 1 section of metro Line 1 opened on 08-05-2009
  • Apr 09
  • - Bologna: assigned on 28 April 2009 the project financing for the automated monorail connecting Marconi Airport to the railway station
  • - Sevilla: the new LRT Line 1 (first section Ciudad Expo-Condequinto) opened on 02 April 2009
  • Jan 09
  • - Istanbul: 4 Levent - Ataturk Oto Sanayi and Taksim - Sishane metro extensions opened on 30 January 2009

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