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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 2010
  • Dec 10
  • - Kazan: Kremlyovskaya-Koz'ya Sloboda metro extension opened on 30-12-2010
  • - Saint Petersburg: Obvodnyi Kanal stop (metro Line 5) opened on 30-12-2010
  • - Athens: Ag. Paraskevi stop (metro Line 3) opened on 30-12-2010
  • - Bursa: Bursaray LRT line extended from Kucuk Sanayi to Ozluce on 24-12-2010
  • - Venice: the first section Sernaglia-Favaro Monte Celo (6.3 km) of a tram-on-tyre Translohr line opened on 21-12-2010
  • - Kharkiv: Alekseevskaya metro line extended from 23 Serpnia to Oleksiivska on 15-12-2010
  • - Kiev: Lybidska-Vasylkivska metro line (Line 2) extended from Kurenivsko to Chervonoarmiyska on 15-12-2010
  • - Zurich: Glattalbahn tram line extended from Auzelg to Stettbach on 12-12-2010
  • - Bern: the so-called Tram Bern West extension (Kaufmannischer Verband-Bumpliz/Brunnen) of the tram network opened on 12-12-2010
  • - Mulhouse: tram Line 3 (Gare Centrale-Lutterbach) and a new tram-train line from Gare Centrale to Thann opened on 12-12-2010
  • - Toulouse: the new T1 tram line (Arenes-Garossos Aeroconstellation) opened on 11-12-2010
  • Nov 10
  • - Copenhagen: the delivery of the system technology and the metro cars of the future M3/M4 automated metro line (Circle Line) has been assigned to Ansaldo on 24-11-2010
  • - Istanbul: metro extended from Sanayi to Seyrantepe on 11-11-2010
  • Oct 10
  • - Wien: metro U2 extended from Stadion to Aspenstrasse on 02-10-2010
  • Aug 10
  • - Lyon: Rhonexpress LRT line opened on 09-08-2010 connecting Part Dieu to Saint Exupery Airport
  • Jul 10
  • - Athens: Holargos stop (metro Line 3) opened on 23-07-2010
  • - Le Havre: contract signed with Alstom for the delivery of 20 Citadis vehicles for the new tram line
  • - Barcelona: metro L2 extended from Pep Ventura to Barcelona Pompeu Fabra on 11-07-2010
  • - London: Gatwick Airport APM (Terminal-North Terminal) reopened on 01-07-2010 after the completion of its renewal
  • Jun 10
  • - Barcelona: driverless metro L9/10 extended from Bon Pastor to Sagrera on 26-06-2010
  • - Bergen: Line 1 (LRT) first section Byparken-Nesttun opened on 22-06-2010
  • - Moscow: Trubnaya-Marina Roshcha extension of metro Line 10 opened on 19-06-2010
  • - Alicante: Mercado-Luceros and Sangueta-Puerta del Mar tramway network extensions opened on 18-06-2010
  • Apr 10
  • - Venice: Venice People Mover (Piazzale Roma-Tronchetto) opened on 19 April 2010
  • - Barcelona: driverless metro L9/10 extended from Can Peixauet to Bon Pastor/Gorg on 18 April 2010
  • Feb 10
  • - Florence: the first tram line (T1: Florence S.M. Novella-Scandicci) opened on 14 February 2010
  • - Douai: the first phase (from Guesnain Bougival to Douai-Citè Technique) of a new tram-on-tyres line opened on 08 February 2010
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