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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 2012
  • Dec 12
  • -Izmir: metro extension Ucyol-Hatay opened on 29-12-2012
  • - Moscow: metro Line 3 extension Mitino-Pyatnitskoye shosse opened on 28-12-2012
  • - Saint Petersburg: metro Line 5 extension Volkovskaya-Mezhdunarodnaya opened on 28-12-2012
  • - Moscow: metro Line 2 extension Krasnogvardeyskaya-Alma Atinskaya opened on 24-12-2012
  • - Genoa: metro extension De Ferrari-Brignole opened on 22-12-2012
  • - Paris: metro Line 12 extension Porte de la Chapelle-Aubervilliers Front Populaire opened on 18-12-2012
  • - Magdeburg: Line 9 extension Leipziger Chaussee-Reform opened on 16-12-2012
  • - Manchester: Metrolink extension Oldham Mumps-Shaw & Crompton opened on 16-12-2012
  • - Paris: tram T3 extension Porte d'Ivry-Porte de la Chapelle opened on 15-12-2012
  • - Le Havre: tram Line A La Plage-Caucriauville Pre Fleuri/Grand Hameau opened on 12-12-2012
  • - Hamburg: Metro U4 extension Jungfernstieg-Uberseequartier on 09-12-2012
  • - Cologne: Line 5 extension Dom/Hauptbahnhof-Rathausopened on 09-12-2012
  • - Dijon: tram Line A Chenove Centre-Parc Valmy opened on 08-12-2012
  • Nov 12
  • - Paris: tram T2 extension La Defense-Pont de Bezons opened on 19-11-2012
  • - Lyon: tram T5 extension Les Alizes-Eurexpo opened on 17-11-2012
  • - Paris: tram T1 extension St Denis-Asnieres Genevilliers Les Courtilles opened on 15-11-2012
  • - Minsk: metro Line 1 extension Institut Kultury-Petrovchshina opened on 07-11-2012
  • - Nizhniy Novgorod: metro Line 2 extension Moskovskaya-Gorkovskaya opened on 05-11-2012
  • Oct 12
  • - Kiev: metro Line 2 extension Vystavkovyi Tsentr-Ipodrom opened on 25-10-2012
  • - Oslo: Line 6 extension Bekkestua-Gjonnes opened on 08-10-2012
  • Sep 12
  • - Naples: Toledo stop (metro Line 1) opened on 17-09-2012
  • - Czestochowa: Line 3 extension Estakada - Stadion Raków opened on 03-09-2012
  • - Dijon: tram Line B Gare Centrale-Quetigny Centre opened on 01-09-2012
  • Aug 12
  • - Sofia: Line M2 Obelya-James Bourchier opened on 31-08-2012
  • - Moscow: metro Line 8 extension Novogireevo-Novokosino opened on 30-08-2012
  • - Istanbul: metro M4 (Kadikoy-Kartal) opened on 17-08-2012
  • - Poznan: os. Lecha/os. Czecha-Franowo tram section opened on 11-08-2012
  • Jul 12
  • - Lisbon: Oriente-Aeroporto metro Red Line (Vermelha) extension opened on 17-07-2012
  • Jun 12
  • - Orleans: tramway Line B (Georges Pompidou-Clos du Hameau) opened on 30-06-2012
  • - Brest: the new tramway line (Porte de Plouzane'-Porte de Gouesnoue/Porte de Guypavas) opened on 23-06-2012
  • - Manchester: Victoria-Oldham Mumps Metrolink extension opened on 13-06-2012
  • - Rome: Bologna-Conca d'Oro ("metro B1") metro Line B extension opened on 13-06-2012
  • Apr 12
  • - Sofia: Mladost 1-Tsarigradsko Shosse metro Line 1 extension opened on 25-04-2012
  • - Montpellier: tramway Line 3 (Juvignac-Lattes/Perols) opened on 07-04-2012
  • Mar 12
  • - Izmir: Bornova - Evka 3 metro Line 1 extension opened on 30-03-2012
  • Feb 12
  • - Charleroi: Parc-Sud and Gilly-Soleimont sections of Metro Leger (MLC) opened on 27-02-2012
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