Metro keeps growing in Porto and fare integration under way

One year after the inauguration of its first
section (see EMTA News n°9), the metro
network keeps growing in the second largest
Portuguese metropolitan area (1.5 million
inhabitants).

The section of 12km (18 stations) inaugurated
in December 2002 (Blue line) carried 6 million
passengers during its first year of operation,
and patronage increased by 30% in the first
term of 2004.

The line, operated by the French
company Transdev, was extended in June
before the European football championship to
serve the main Campanha train station and
the Dragao Stadium. This fully underground
extension of 3.5km has 5 stations (cost of
infrastructure: €165m).

Besides, works are under way for three other
lines (Red, Yellow and Green).

A second line
(Red) will be inaugurated in October 2004. It
will connect the city centre with the Western
suburban municipalities of Maia and
Matosinhos thanks to a 16.6km line, out of
which 9.8km will be shared with the existing
Blue line.

5 new stations will be opened on the
6.8km newly built double-track section.

The next one will be the North-South Yellow
line that will connect the left bank of Douro
River (municipality of Vila Nova de Gaia) with
Northern suburbs through the city centre and
the metallic Luis I bridge (operations expected
for 2005).

Some further extensions are
foreseen, including one to serve the Airport
from the Red line.

When it is completed, the whole network will
consist in 7km of underground section, 16km
of newly built surface light rail, and 47km of
sections of existing suburban railways.

The
total cost for this first phase will amount to
€2.2 billion brought by public authorities.

A second phase comprising 38km of new lines
(estimated cost of €800 m) will be launched
soon through a public private partnership so as
to involve private funds.

The inauguration of the metro also saw the
introduction of a contactless smartcard system
called Andante, that is being progressively
extended to the other transport modes of the
metropolitan area (buses operated by public
operator STCP, private suburban buses, and
trains of CP national railways).

Andante is
managed by TIP (Transportes Intermodais do
Porto), a company bringing together the
operators involved in the project of
fare integration. A methodology based on
passenger.kms, vehicle.km and the cost of
each transport mode has been devised to
share revenues between the operating
companies.

Andante is available both as a
multi-trip ticket and as a season pass. Both
forms are reloadable.

Andante relies on a
zonal system (currently 12 zones), that will be
enlarged to cover progressively the whole
territory (46 zones ultimately).

www.metro-porto.pt

  • Updated : September 9, 2004

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