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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 2011
  • Dec 11
  • - Moscow: metro line 10 extended from Marino to Zyablikovo on 02-12-2011
  • - Volgograd: LRT line (Metrotram) extended from Pionerskaya to Yelshanka on 01-12-2011
  • Nov 11
  • - Bilbao: Line 2 extended from Ariz to Basauri on 11-11-2011
  • Oct 11
  • - Aubagne: the French city of Aubagne ordered on 07-10-2011 8 ALSTOM Compact tramcars (22 m long) for its new tramway network (predicted opening: 2014)
  • Sep 11
  • - - Bucharest: CAF anounced on 26-09-2011 to be the winner of a contract to supply 16 metro cars to to replace the ASTRA ARAD rolling stock currently used on Line 3
  • - Bursa: Bursaray LRT line extended from Ozluce to Uludag Universitesi on 19-09-2011
  • - Barcelona: Santa Rosa stop added to metro Line 9/10 on 19-09-2011
  • - Lausanne: the Swiss town announced it had granted a concession (50 years) for the construction of a tram line between Lausanne-Flon and Renens-Gare on September (predicted opening: 2018)
  • - Turin: Porta Susa stop added to Turin APM line on 09-09-2011
  • Aug 11
  • - London: DLR line extended from Canning Town to Stratford on 31-08-2011
  • Jul 11
  • - Manchester: Metrolink extended from Trafford Bar to St Werburgh's Road on 07-07-2011
  • - Dublin: Red Line LUAS extended from Belgard to Saggart on 02-07-2011
  • - Bucharest: metro Line 1 extended from 1 Mai to Parc Bazilescu on 01-07-2011
  • Jun 11
  • - Angers: new tramway Line A opened on 25-06-2011
  • May 11
  • - Istanbul: metro M2 extended from Darussafaka-Haciosman on 23-05-2011
  • - Geneve: tram Meyrin extended from Jardin Alpin to CERN on 02-05-2011
  • Apr 11
  • - Zaragoza: a new tramway line (Gran Via-Mago de Oz) opened on 19-04-2011
  • - Reims: a new tramway line (Neufchatel-Bezannes Gare Champagne TGV/Hopital Debrè) opened on 18-04-2011
  • - Lyon: an order for 10 Altom Citadis (with an option for further 9 vehicles) to be assigned to T3 tramway line announced on 11-04-2011
  • Mar 11
  • - Milan: metro Line M3 extended from Maciachini to Comasina on 26-03-2011
  • - Turin: automated metro Line 1 extended from Porta Nuova to Lingotto on 06-03-2011
  • Feb 11
  • - Bilbao: Etxebarri-Ariz extension (Line 1, LRT) opened on 26-02-2011
  • - Milano: Famagosta-Assago Milanofiori Forum M2 extension opened on 20-02-2011
  • Jan 11
  • - Paris: Alstom announced on 28-01-2011 to have won a contract for the delivery of Citadis tramcars to be used by RATP/STIF for T7 and T8 new tram lines (T7: Athis Mons-Villejuif Louis Aragon, 19 vehicles; T8: Saint Denis-Epinay/Villetaneuse, 20 vehicles)
  • - Porto: Metro do Porto extended from Estadio do Dragao to Fanzeres on 02-01-2011
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