Medellin Metro

Medellin metro is the only subway system in Colombia. It has 2 surface lines, A and B,
that cross the city from north to south and from downtown to west and 3 metrocable lines (cable car system),
K, L and J, that cross the city from north to west and from west to northwest.
The system is complemented by Metroplus and serves all Medellin metropolitan area, a distance of about 64 kms.

  • Known as: Metro
  • Lines: 2 ( and 3 metrocable lines more)
  • Stations: 28
  • Length: 32 km of metro lines and 64kms including metrocable,metroplus and metro
  • Web: www.metrodemedellin.gov.co
  • Opening: November 30, 1995
  • Passengers/year: 155 millions (2008)

Lines and stations

Lines A and B are metro lines.

  • Line A. This line crosses Medelling from Nort to South. Length of the line: 23.2 km. 21 stations:
    Niquia, Bello, Madera, Acevedo Linea K, Tricentenario, Caribe, Universidad, Hospital, Prado, Parque Berrío, San Antonio, Alpujarra, Exposiciones, Industriales, Poblado, Aguacatala, Ayurá, Envigado, Itaguí, Sabaneta, La Estrella
  • Line B. Goes from downtown to west. Length 5,6 kms: 7 stations:
    San Antonio, Cisneros, Suramericana, Estadio, Floresta, Santa Lucía, San Javier

Lines K,L and J are metrocable lines.

  • Line K. Goes from north to north west. It has only 4 stations:
    Acevedo, Andalucía, Popular, Santo Domingo Savio
  • Line L. Serves Medellin North East. It has 2 stations:
    Santo Domingo Savio, Arví
  • Line J. Goes from west to north east. 4 stations.
    San Javier, Juan XXIII, Vallejuelos, La Aurora

Medellin metro

Schedule and frecuency

Medellin Metro is open from monday to sunday from 4:30 am to 10:45 pm. Sundays and holidays from 07.00 am to 10 pm.

It has a frecuency of 10 minutes, 3 minutes at rush hours.

Rates

1 trip – $ 1.500 (pesos colombianos)

Tarjeta Cívica: It’s a smart card.

San Francisco Metro: BART

San Francisco metro is known as BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit ) and it connects cities in the East Bay and San Mateo County. BART connects the cities of the East Bay and San Mateo County, which include San Francisco, Oakland, Berkeley, Daly City, Concord, Fremont, Hayward, Walnut Creek and Richmond. It’s the fifth busiest rapid transit system in the United States.

  • Known as: BART
  • Number of vehicles: 669
  • System length: 167 km
  • Number of lines: 5
  • Number of stations: 44, 5 under construction and 9 planned.
  • Top speed: 110 km/h
  • Official site: www.bart.gov
  • Operator: San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit District
  • Average ridership: 373,945 per day
  • Start of operation: September 11, 1972

Bart lines and stations

  • Richmond- Fremont line. It’s the orange line. This line has 18 stations (3 more currently under construction). It has a length of 59 km and circulates at an average speed of about 60 km/h. Stations: Richmond, El Cerrito del Norte, El Cerrito Plaza, North Berkeley, Downtown Berkeley, Ashby, MacArthur, 19th Street Oakland, 12th Street Oakland City Center, Lake Merritt, Fruitvale, Coliseum, San Leandro, Bay Fair, Hayward, South Hayward, Union City, Fremont
  • Richmond–Daly City/Millbrae Line: It’s 58kms long and has and a total of 23 stations. Circulates at an average speed of 50Km/h. Also known as the red line.It operates until early evening Mondays through Saturdays. Stations: Richmond, El Cerrito del Norte, El Cerrito Plaza, North Berkeley, Downtown Berkeley, Ashby, MacArthur, 19th Street Oakland, 12th Street Oakland City Center, West Oakland, Embarcadero, Montgomery Street, Powell Street, Civic Center / UN Plaza, 16th Street Mission, 24th Street Mission, Glen Park, Balboa Park, Daly City, Colma, South San Francisco, San Bruno, Millbrae
  • Pittsburg/Bay Point–SFO/Millbrae line: It’s the yellow line. It has 26 stations in 89 kms. Trains run at an average speed of 58kms/h. It has a line from the airport to Millbrae on weekends and weeknights. Stations: Pittsburg / Bay Point, North Concord / Martinez, Concord, Pleasant Hill / Contra Costa Centre, Walnut Creek, Lafayette, Orinda, Rockridge, MacArthur, 19th Street Oakland, 12th Street Oakland City Center, West Oakland, Embarcadero, Montgomery Street, Powell Street, Civic Center / UN Plaza, 16th Street Mission, 24th Street Mission, Glen Park, Balboa Park, Daly City, Colma, South San Francisco, San Bruno, San Francisco International Airport, Millbrae
  • Fremont–Daly City Line: It is the green line. It has 19 stations (plus 3 that are currently under construction). This line is 62.9 kms long and trains circulate at an average speed of 60kms/h. Closed on sundays. Stations: Fremont, Union City, South Hayward, Hayward, Bay Fair, San Leandro, Coliseum, Fruitvale, Lake Merritt, West Oakland, Embarcadero, Montgomery Street, Powell Street, Civic Center / UN Plaza, 16th Street Mission, 24th Street Mission, Glen Park, Balboa Park, Daly City
  • Dublin/Pleasanton–Daly City Line: It’s the blue line. There are 18 stations in 57.5 kms of tracks. Trains run at an average speed of 55kms/h. Stations: Dublin / Pleasanton, West Dublin / Pleasanton, Castro Valley, Bay Fair, San Leandro, Coliseum, Fruitvale, Lake Merritt, West Oakland, Embarcadero, Montgomery Street, Powell Street, Civic Center / UN Plaza, 16th Street Mission, 24th Street Mission, Glen Park, Balboa Park, Daly City

Revised BART map

Schedule and frequency

BART operates from 4:00am (6:00 am on weekends and holidays) to 12: 00 am. Trains run every fifteen minutes and twenty minutes during evenings, weekends and holidays.

Rates

The cost is based on a formula that takes into account both the length and speed of the trip. Minimum fare is $1.75 and is charged for trips under 9.7 km.
The maximum one-way fare is of $10.90 (around 82 km trip).

BART has 5 different colors of tickets:

  • Blue tickets: are the general tickets and the most common type
  • Red tickets: for disabled people and children aged under 4
  • Green tickets : for people over 65 years old
  • Orange tickets: for students
  • BART Plus : special high-value ticket

Bikes and BART

It’s allowed to carry bikes on trains and at all times except for:

  • Cars that are full of people
  • Never in the first car of each train
  • And never in the first 3 cars between 7:00 to 9:00 a.m. and 4:30 to 6:30 pm

You can’t take your bike on escalators and always yield to passengers without bike. Avoid blocking aisles and/or doors.

Curious facts

BART became the first transit system in the United States to offer underground cellphone communication to passengers of all major wireless carriers in May 2004.

MetroLink de San Louis

MetroLink is the light rail system that serves the area of Greater St. Louis in Missouri and Metro East Illinois. The system has 2 lines and 37 stations and transports an average of 53 thousand people every day.

MetroLink began its service on July 31, 1993 with the North Hanley to 5th & Missouri red line section. MetroLink is operated by the Bi-State Development Agency, and is working as underground since 2003, with a tariff system integrated with Metrobus lines.

In 2014 was the largest system of light rails in the western half of the United States in terms of use, and the tenth of the United States.

Metrolink lines and stations

The St. Louis Metrolink currently has 37 stations and a total of 73.3 kilometers of tracks. Only 13 stations are exclusive to the red line, 9 exclusive to the blue line and the 15 remaining are shared by the two lines. 16 stations are located in St. Louis, Missouri and 11 in St. Clair County in Illinois.

Red Line

MetroLink red line has a total length of 61kms and 28 stations. It starts at the Lambert St. Louis International Airport station in Missouri and reaches Shiloh-Scott in Illinois. The stations are at surface level or underground. Stations: Lambert Airport Main, Lambert Airport East, North Hanley, UMSL North, UMSL South, Rock Road, Wellston Delmar Loop, Blue Line, Forest Park-DeBaliviere, Central West End, Grand, Ewing Yard, Union Station, Civic Center, Stadium, 8th & Pine, Convention Center, Arch-Laclede’s Landing, Mississippi River, East Riverfront, 5th & Missouri, Emerson Park, Jackie Joyner-Kersee Center, 29th Street Yard, Washington Park, Fairview Heights, Memorial Hospital, Swansea, Belleville, College, Shiloh-Scott

The red line meets the blue line in the Forest Park-DeBaliviere station. From here to the Fairview Heights station shares the route with the blue line.

Blue Line

This line has a total length of 39 kms and serves 24 stations. Some of them are elevated, some others are on the surface and some are underground. The blue line is operational since August 2006. It is the newest line. The line begins at Shrewsbury stations in Missouir and goes to Fairview Heights in Illinois. Stations: Shrewsbury-Lansdowne I-44, Sunnen, Maplewood-Manchester, Brentwood I-64, Richmond Heights, Clayton, Forsyth, University City-Big Bend, Skinker, Red Line, Forest Park-DeBaliviere, Central West End, Grand, Ewing Yard, Union Station, Civic Center, Stadium, 8th & Pine, Convention Center, Arch-Laclede’s Landing, Mississippi River, East Riverfront, 5th & Missouri, Emerson Park, Jackie Joyner-Kersee Center, 29th Street Yard, Washington Park, Fairview Heights.

Accesibility

Each car has 4 priority seats reserved for disabled users.
All Metrolink stations are accessible by ramps or elevators.

¿How to use MetroLink?

Buy your ticket, pass or transfer in vending machines in any station. You can pay in cash or with credit/debit card.

If you are going to just take a trip, buy a One-Ride ticket, valid for two hours in a direction. The price is $2.50.

If you plan to ride aswell the Metrobus, buy a MetroLink pass for 2 hours. With this ticket you can use both systems without restriction for 2 hours for $3.00

Metro One-Day Pass allows you to use MetroLink and Metrobus interchangeably and unlimited for a day for $7.50.

Validate your ticket if it’s not already pre-validated. If you are caught travelling in the wrong direction for your ticket or with an invalid ticket, you will have to pay a fine and leave the Metrolink.

Saint Louis Metrolink Map

Bike & Ride

Each MetroLink car is equipped with a rack for 2 bikes, available for the first come first served.
Since MetroLink encourage the use of bicycles in public transport and even connects to bicycle lanes in the area. There are also racks for bicycle parking at stations. The only restrictions for the use of bicycles is that the car is not very crowded and to enter in using the rear door, leaving the other passengers go first. Nor can ride the bike on the platforms or in lifts or ramps.

Park & Ride

There are park lots for your vehicle in almost all stations for free or almost. You can check out in the map of Park and Ride

Security and safety

There is security and surveillance staff at the stations. All stations are monitored 24 hours 7 days a week.

Interesting Links

  • Iphone app: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/metro-on-the-go-saint-louis/id951906358?mt=8
  • Android app: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=org.metrostlouis.onthego
  • Trip Planner: http://tripplanner.metrostlouis.org/
  • Metrolink Ticket calculator: http://www.metrostlouis.org/RidingMetro/dumpthepump.aspx

Subway of Philadelphia

Philadelphia also known as “Philly”, is located in southeastern Pennsylvania along the borders of New Jersey and Delaware. It’s the fifth most populous city in the United States. Its metropolitan area covers the counties of Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware. Subway of Philadelphia has several lines that serve up to Camden in New Jersey.

Subway of Philadelphia is part of the Septa (Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority), which also provides other rail transportation systems (buses, trolleys, trains) and covers Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery, and Philadelphia. The Philadelphia subway network has 4 lines (elevated, surface and underground) that connect to these transport systems to access other parts of the region.

The Subway of Philadelphia is a good way to see the city and the area for tourists, as it operates through the center of the city and is the fastest transport. By Subway of Philadelphia you can visit all the important points of interest for the tourist. The Independence National Historical Park, Liberty Bell Pavillion, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Valley Forge National Historical Park, National Constitution Center, Longwood Gardens, The Franklin Institute, Philadelphia Zoo, Mutter Museum, Please Touch Museum, Academy of Natural Sciences, Adventure Aquarium, Eastern State Penitentiary, National Museum of Jewish, American History, Love Park, Top Philly Cheesesteaks, … and many other places.

  • Known as: Subway
  • Length: 62 kms.
  • Lines: 4
  • Stations: 280
  • Operated by: SEPTA ( PATCO 1 line)
  • Passengers/day: 330 thousand (2012)
  • Opening: March 4th, 1907

Lines and stations

The subway of Philadelphia operates mainly in the city center and it’s 3 metro lines and a tram line.

The Broad Street Subway, known as just the Subway, BSS or Orange Line, it’s 19 km long, has 25 stations and is operated by
SEPTA. It has three train services: Express, Local and Ridge Avenue Spur.

  • The Express System provides connections for the stations Fern Rock Transportation Center, Olney Transportation Center, Erie, Girard, Spring Garden, Race – Vine,
    City Hall and Walnut Locust.
  • The Local service has trains running for all the stations of the express service as well as trains stopping at Logan, Wyoming,
    Hunting Park, Allegheny, North Philadelphia, Susquehanna – Dauphin, Cecil B. Moore, Fairmount, Lombard – South, Ellsworth – Federal, Tasker – Morris, Snyder, Oregon and Pattison.
  • Ridge Avenue Spur provides trains linking Fern Rock Transportation Center, Olney Transportation Center, Erie, North Philadelphia, Girard, Fairmount, China Town and 8th/Market.

The Elevated Market Frankford Subway System also known as Blue line, MFL, MFSE or EL is 25,5kms long, of which 5,8kms are tunnels. It has 28 stations and it’s
also operated by SEPTA. Stations: 69th Street Terminal, Millbourne, 63rd Street, 60th Street, 56th Street, 52nd Street, 46th Street, 40th Street, 34th Street, 30th Street, 15th Street, 13th Street, 11th Street,
8th Street, 5th Street, 2nd Street, Spring Garden, Girard, Berks, York- Dauphin, Huntingdon, Somerset, Allegheny, Tioga, Erie, Torresdale, Church, Margaret – Orthodox and Frankford Transportation Center.

The Subway–Surface Trolley Lines (SSL) or Green Lines (BSS) is 3,8kms long and it’s tunnel all the way. It has 9 stations and is operated by SEPTA.

The red line is the only one operated by PATCO. It’s 23,3 kms long and it has 13 stations.

Philadelphiasubway

Schedule and frequency

The Subway is the fastest transit system in the city of Philadelphia. There are trains from 4:36 hours to 00:30 hours every day.
The third railway line, operated by the Delaware River port Authority (PATCO Speedline) operates 24 hours a day.
Frequency is 14 to 15 minutes.

Tickets

Price for a ride is $2.25 in exact cash, which includes travel by bus and trolleys or a Token that cost $1.80.
Weekly TransPass is $24. Monthly TransPass costs $91.
The fares are cheaper for people with disabilities and students. Senior citizens travel for free.

Connecting to the airport

To get to the Philadelphia International Airport, you have to use the Regional Rail Service. Airport Terminals are connected by SEPTA Connecting Services of buses,
trolleys and High Speed Metro Railway.

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Recife Metro

The urban rail system in Recife operates three rail lines, two of them electrified and the remaining consists of diesel, light rail type trains VLT. Its total length is 68.8 km. Metro Recife serves municipalities of Recife, Jaboatão dos Guararapes and Camaragibe Cabo de Santo Agostinho. It has 35 stations and transports 244,900 people a day.

Metro Recife

The Metro Recife, opened in 1986, is part of the Sistema Estrutural Integrado (SEI), which is a public transport network system composed by bus lines in addition to the metro lines. All these lines are integrated via terminals specially constructed to allow multimodal travel connections. The SEI is a mass transit system configured by zones arranged in rings. Access from the suburbs to the integration terminals is possible because of the 10 operating companies, responsible for 185 lines serving ten municipalities in the Metropolitan Region of Recife or Greater Recife.

The management of this system corresponds to the Companhia Brasileira de Trens Urbanos (CBTU), a semi-public company created in 1984 and under the supervision of the Ministry of Cities since 2003. Thise compnay is responsible for management of several passenger transport systems in capitals of several regions of Brazil, including Recife Pernambuco state capital.

Recife metro lines and stations

Center Line, electrified, linking Recife with Camaragibe through Jaboatão dos Guararapes. It splits in Coquiral to reach Camaragibe, through Rodoviária Station. Afogados stations, Mud, Cavaleiro, Camaragibe, Jaboatão and Rodoviária are integrated terminals. The Center Line is 25 km long and has 29 stations (15 to Camaragibe and 14 Jaboatão).

South line, also an electrified line corresponds to two municipalities, Recife and Jaboatão dos Guararapes. With 11 operating stations, ranging from Recife to Cajueiro Seco. Integrated Terminals are Joana Bezerra and Aeroporto.

Diesel Line, VLT, serving three municipalities: Recife, Jaboatão dos Guararapes and Cabo de Santo Agostinho and 9 operating stations. The Integrated Terminal is Cabo.

Main stations: Recife station

It is the central metro station in Recife. Located in the São José neighborhood in the old city center, it was opened in 1994 after rehabilitating the old railway station. Near this station there are several tourist attractions such as the House of Culture and the Museu do Trem. From there depart five circular bus routes to access various parts of the city.

Hours and frequency

All electrical lines operate between 5:00 am and 11:00 pm.
The Diesel line runs between 5:00 am and 8:00 pm. On Saturdays until 2:00 pm.

Recife metro geografic map

Billetes y tarifas

Fares for Integrated Structural System rings are: A – R $ 2.45, B – R $ 3.35, D – R $ 2.65, G – R $ 1.60.

    Optional services:

  • 042-Airport, R$3.
  • 072 – Candeias,R$ 4,60
  • 160 – Gaibu-Barra de Jangada, R$ 4,60
  • 195 – Recife-Porto de Galinhas, R$ 12,00

Discounted rates on Sunday, from 5 o’clock in the morning:
A -R$ 1,20, B -R$ 1,70, D -R$ 1,20, G -R$ 1,20.

Single tickets are purchased at the counters of every station. Then you need to validate them in slots when passing to the platforms. With this ticket, plus an integrated one, you can make connections with Integrated System Buses.

International Airport Gylberto Freyre

The station closest to the Airport Recife is the Aeroporto Metro station, which is also an Integrated Terminal. It runs from 5:00 am until 11:00 pm.
The entrace to the metro station is located opposite to gate B6. The ticket costs R$ 2.15 to get downtown.

Metro Recife Video



Porto Alegre Metro

The Porto Alegre Metro in Brazil consists of a single urban rail line that stretches across the northern part of the metropolitan area of Porto Alegre. This includes several municipalities: Porto Alegre, Canoas, Sapucaia do Sul and São Leopoldo. One of the main reasons for the construction of this system was the traffic congestion on the BR-116 highway that served this area and was already saturated. Besides introducing a modern subway system, cheaper and faster to modernize the region.

Porto Alegre Metro

After the last update (Novo Hamburgo), Trensurb line 1 has a total length of approximately 43.4 kilometers and 5 new stations were added for a total of 22. Most of the route goes ground level and only a small stretch of just over 2 kilometers is elevated. Through this route 20 trains are circulating per hour and direction. Each train has a capacity of 1081 persons, allowing a maximum of 21600 passengers per hour and direction. Line 1 became operational in March 1985 with the section between the stations of Mercado and Sapucaia. It has an average speed of 45km/h and a maximum speed of 90. More than 200,000 people use this transport daily.

Porto Alegre subway connects the city center to the airport and the long distance bus station. Trensurb connects with the 224 lines of Omnibus. With this rate the user can take a metro trip and bus with the same ticket. The metro is a good way to travel in Porto Alegre since the tourist attractions are within walking distance of the subway stations.

Porto Alegre metro is managed by the urban rail company of Porto Alegre, known as Trensurb, in conjunction with the federal government of Brazil and Rio Grande do Sul.

Tensurb: lines and stations

Line 1 of the Porto Alegre metro (trensurb) is 42 kilometers long and has 22 stations. Stations: Novo Hamburgo, Fenac, Industrial, Santo Afonso, Rio dos Sinos, São Leopoldo, Unisinos, Sapucaia, Louis Pasteur, Esteio, Petrobras, São Luis, Mathias Velho, Canoas, Fátima, Niterói, Anchieta, Aeroporto, Farrapos, São Pedro, Rodoviária y Mercado. Travel time from Novo Hamburgo to is 52 minutrs.

Without considering it as a line, there is a connection of only 2 stations and less than 1 kilometer long linking the Trensurb airport metro station to the International Airport Salgado Filho station, Terminal 1.

Metro hours and frequency

It operates from 05:00 to 23:20. Trains run every 5 minutes during rush hour. These time slots are from 6:00 to 8:00 and 17:00 to 19:00.
Every 10 minutes during normal business hours and every 15 minutes before 6:00 and after 20:00. Saturday the frequency of service is a train every 12 minutes in each direction until 13:00. In the evenings and on Sundays, the rate drops to 15 minutes.

Fares and tickets

There is a single integrated rate of 1.70R $
You can make transfers between bus and subway.

Futures expansions

In the map below you can see the planned metro and Aeromóvel lines:

Mapa de projetos metroviários da região metropolitana de Porto Alegre

Curious facts

Cycling Trensurb program. Bikes are allowed within predefined hours: Monday to Saturday in off-peak times. Weekends and holidays, all day. Only one bike per user is allowed. Bike can not be ridden at the stations. To enter the bikes to the stations an inspector should be notified to open the entrance gate. Always step in the second wagon with the bikes, never the first one.

Trensurb has available staff for people with disabilities.

There are blue seats called preferential reserved to people with disabilities, elder, pregnat women or people traveling with small children.

Valencia Metro

Valencia Metro is the subway system in the capital of the state of Carabobo in Venezuela. Valecia metro serves the city from the south to the Cerdeño avenue in the city center. It was inaugurated on 18 November 2006 by the President of the Republic, Hugo Chavez. Just one year later began commercial operation, November 18, 2007, with several new stations (Fairs, Michelena, Santa Rosa and Lara), and a total length of 6.2 kms. It is used daily by more than 60,000 passengers.

Lines and stations

Valencia Metro is 7 kms long and has a total of 7 stations, although there are several more under construction.
Most of the stations circulate are underground.

Valencia metro currently has 1 built line, line 1. Line 2 has several stations operational. The system is expected to gradually grow to a total of 31 stations and 4 lines.

Line 1 stations

  • Monumental
  • Las Ferias
  • Palotal
  • Santa Rosa
  • Michelena
  • Lara
  • Cedeño

Line 2 stations

  • Rafael Urdaneta (in service)
  • Francisco de Miranda (in service)
  • Los Sauces
  • El Viñedo
  • Majay
  • Guaparo

Line 3 stations

  • Paramacay
  • La Granja
  • Caprenco
  • Tarapio
  • La Campiña
  • Simón Bolívar

Line 4 stations

  • La Florida
  • La Guacamaya
  • Cementerio
  • Hospital
  • Aranzazu
  • Lara (in service)
  • Lara II
  • Branger
  • Uslar
  • Estadio
  • Henry Ford
  • Bomberos

Fares and tickets

Standard ticket costs 4,00 BsF.
The elderly and disabled ride free.

Metro VLN Red

Metro Valencia hours and frequency

Although the trains should run every four minutes, the actual frequency is 10 minutes during rush hour and 20 minutes normal schedule.

The metro runs from 6:00 a.m. to 11:00 pm

Accessibility

Stations can be accessed via the fixed stations and escalators. There you can purchase your Fichas and Tarjetas Recargables. From here you access the platforms. Not really accessible ready stations.