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The Seville metro is a light metro network serving the city of Seville
Seville
Seville is the artistic, historic, cultural, and financial capital of southern Spain. It is the capital of the autonomous community of Andalusia and of the province of Seville. It is situated on the plain of the River Guadalquivir, with an average elevation of above sea level...

, Spain
Spain
Spain , officially the Kingdom of Spain languages]] under the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages. In each of these, Spain's official name is as follows:;;;;;;), is a country and member state of the European Union located in southwestern Europe on the Iberian Peninsula...

 and its metropolitan area
Metropolitan area
The term metropolitan area refers to a region consisting of a densely populated urban core and its less-populated surrounding territories, sharing industry, infrastructure, and housing. A metropolitan area usually encompasses multiple jurisdictions and municipalities: neighborhoods, townships,...

. The system is totally independent of any other rail or street traffic. All stations were built with platform screen doors
Platform screen doors
Platform screen doors and platform edge doors at train or subway stations screen the platform from the train. They are a relatively new addition to many metro systems around the world, with some platform doors retrofitted rather than installed with the metro system itself. They are widely used in...

.


It was the sixth Metro system to be built in Spain, after those in Madrid
Madrid Metro
The Madrid Metro is a metro system serving the city of Madrid, capital of Spain. The system is the sixth longest metro in the world though Madrid is approximately the fiftieth most populous metropolitan area in the world...

, Barcelona
Barcelona Metro
The Barcelona Metro , part of the public transportation system of Barcelona, Catalonia, is an extensive network of electrified railways that run underground in central Barcelona and above ground into the city's suburbs. Since July 31, 2010, Barcelona Metro system consists of 11 lines with 165...

, Valencia, Bilbao
Metro Bilbao
Metro Bilbao is a rapid transit system serving the city of Bilbao and the region of Greater Bilbao. Its lines have a "Y" shape, with two lines that transit both banks of the Nervión river and then combine to form one line that ends in the south of Bilbao...

 and Palma de Mallorca
Palma de Mallorca Metro
The Palma Metro is a metro line in Palma, Spain. It consists of nine stations and was constructed between 2005 and 2007 at cost of 312 million euros.Trains run daily from 06:15 to 23:00....

. Currently, it is the fifth biggest Metro company in Spain by number of passengers carried (more than 12,000,000 in 2009).

Old project



Construction of a metro in Seville began in 1974 with three proposed lines, covering only the city of Seville:
  • Line 1:
    • Stops: La Plata, Puerta Jerez, Plaza Nueva, Plaza del Duque, Alameda, Macarena, Pino Montano.
  • Line 2:
    • Stops: Santa Clara, Polígono San Pablo, Alhóndiga, Plaza del Duque, Marqués de Paradas, El Tardón, Rubén Darío.
  • Line 3:
    • Stops: Heliópolis, San Bernardo, Menéndez y Pelayo, Recaredo, Macarena, Cartuja.


This project was cancelled in 1983, after construction had begun on some of the tunnel
Tunnel
A tunnel is an underground passageway, completely enclosed except for openings for egress, commonly at each end.A tunnel may be for foot or vehicular road traffic, for rail traffic, or for a canal. Some tunnels are aqueducts to supply water for consumption or for hydroelectric stations or are sewers...

s, due to fears that historic buildings might be damaged. The economic viability of the metro was also questionable in a city whose population had not grown as much as predicted.

New project





In 1999 a new metro project was started by the Seville Metro Corporation (in Spanish, Sociedad del Metro de Sevilla), founded by a former mayor of Seville. It was scheduled to be completed in 2006, but only began operation on 2 April 2009

The new project plans a network covering Seville
Seville
Seville is the artistic, historic, cultural, and financial capital of southern Spain. It is the capital of the autonomous community of Andalusia and of the province of Seville. It is situated on the plain of the River Guadalquivir, with an average elevation of above sea level...

 and its metropolitan area (1,500,000 inhabitants) formed by four lines, all of them, completely independent of other traffic.

Lines

   Metro de Sevilla
Line     Terminals       Length     Stations     In service     Opened  
Ciudad Expo
Olivar Quintos
18 km
22
21
2/04/2009
Torreblanca
Puerta Triana
13.4 km
18
0
2017 (partial)
Pino Montano
Bermejales
11.5 km
17
0
2017 (partial)
Circular line
17.7 km
24
0
2017 (partial)


Line 1


  • Line 1, West-South
    • Tipology: Underground
    • Stops: 22 (21 in use)
    • Length: 18.2 km.
    • Number of trains: 17, manufactured by CAF
      Construcciones y Auxiliar de Ferrocarriles
      Construcciones y Auxiliar de Ferrocarriles is a rail equipment manufacturer based in Beasain in the Basque Country, Spain. Equipment manufactured by CAF includes light rail vehicles, rapid transit trains, railroad cars and locomotives, as well as variable gauge axles that can be fitted on any...

      .
    • Start of the works: Late 2003
    • End of the works: April 2009
    • License holder: Grupo ACS, Grupo SyV, GEA 21, AOPJA, CAF.

Line 2 (in planning phase)


  • Line 2, West-East
    • Tipology: Underground
    • Stops: 18
    • Length: 13.4 km.
    • Number of trains:
    • Start of the works: Late 2011 (expected)
    • End of the works: Late 2017 (expected)
    • License holder:

Line 3 (in planning phase)


  • Line 2, North-South
    • Tipology: Underground
    • Stops: 17
    • Length: 11.5 km.
    • Number of trains:
    • Start of the works: Late 2011 (expected)
    • End of the works: Late 2017 (expected)
    • License holder:

Line 4 (in planning phase)


  • Line 4, circular
    • Tipology: Underground
    • Stops: 24
    • Length: 17.7 km.
    • Number of trains:
    • Start of the works: Late 2011 (expected)
    • End of the works: Late 2017 (expected)
    • License holder:

Tram lines

  • MetroCentro
    MetroCentro (Seville)
    MetroCentro is a surface tramway serving the centre of the city Seville, in Andalusia, Spain. It began operating in October 2007.At the present time, the service consists of just five stops, Plaza Nueva, Archivo de Indias, Puerta de Jerez, Prado de San Sebastián and San Bernardo, as part of Phase I...

     (T1), surface tram
    Tram
    A tram is a passenger rail vehicle which runs on tracks along public urban streets and also sometimes on separate rights of way. It may also run between cities and/or towns , and/or partially grade separated even in the cities...

     through the centre of Seville:
    Street level.
    • Stops: Plaza Nueva, Archivo de Indias, San Fernando and Prado de San Sebastián.
    • Length: 2.7 kilometres
    • Number of trains: 7 (manufactured by CAF
      Construcciones y Auxiliar de Ferrocarriles
      Construcciones y Auxiliar de Ferrocarriles is a rail equipment manufacturer based in Beasain in the Basque Country, Spain. Equipment manufactured by CAF includes light rail vehicles, rapid transit trains, railroad cars and locomotives, as well as variable gauge axles that can be fitted on any...

      ).
    • Start of the works: Mid 2005.
    • End of the works: Spring/Summer 2007 (Only Prado de San Sebastián–San Fernando–Archivo de Indias–Plaza Nueva stations)

  • Aljarafe tram. Street level.
    • Start of the works: 2005.

  • Dos Hermanas
    Dos Hermanas
    Dos Hermanas is a Spanish city south of Seville in Andalusia, with a population of 125,086 as of 2010.The city's name, which means "two sisters", dates from its founding in 1248 by King Ferdinand III of Castile and honours the sisters of Gonzalo Nazareno, one of the king's principal military...

     tram.
    Street level.
    • Start of the works: 2008.

  • Alcalá de Guadaira
    Alcalá de Guadaira
    Alcalá de Guadaíra is a town located approximately 10 km southeast of Seville, Spain; in recent years the expansion of Seville has meant that Alcalá has become a suburb of that city. Alcalá used to be known as Alcalá de los Panaderos because it provided most of Seville's bread...

     tram.
    Street level.
    • Start of the works: 2008.

See also

  • TUSSAM, company that operates the bus
    Bus
    A bus is a road vehicle designed to carry passengers. Buses can have a capacity as high as 300 passengers. The most common type of bus is the single-decker bus, with larger loads carried by double-decker buses and articulated buses, and smaller loads carried by midibuses and minibuses; coaches are...

     network of Seville.
  • Consorcio de Transportes de Sevilla, consortium that operates the intercity bus
    Intercity bus
    An intercity bus is a bus that carries passengers significant distances between different cities, towns, or other populated areas. Unlike a municipal bus, which has frequent stops throughout a city or town, an intercity bus generally has a single stop at a centralized location within the city, and...

     network of the metropolitan area of Seville.
  • RENFE
    RENFE
    Renfe Operadora is the state-owned company which operates freight and passenger trains on the 1668-mm "Iberian gauge" and 1435-mm "European gauge" networks of the Spanish national railway infrastructure company ADIF .- History :The name RENFE is derived from that of the former Spanish National...

    , operator of the commuter train system of Seville.
  • List of metro systems

External links

Official site.