Granada Metro

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The Granada Metro (Metro de Granada in Spanish) is a single light rail line in the city of Granada, Spain and its metropolitan area. It crosses Granada and covers the towns of Albolote, Maracena and Armilla,[4] with underground sections in central Granada and overground sections elsewhere.[5] The line opened on 21 September 2017,[6] and serves 26 stations, of which 3 stations in central Granada are underground.[6]

Granada Metro[1]
Símbolo del Metro de Granada.svg
Granada Metro Alcázar Genil station.
Granada Metro Alcázar Genil station.
Overview
Native nameMetro de Granada - Metropolitano de Granada
OwnerRegional Government of Andalusia
LocaleGranada, Spain
Transit typeLight rail/Tramway
Number of lines1[1]
Number of stations26[1]
Daily ridership35,634 (weekdays)[2]
Annual ridership11.7 million (2019)[2]
WebsiteMetro de Granada
Operation
Began operation21 September 2017
Operator(s)Metro De Granada - Junta de Andalucía
Number of vehicles15 CAF Urbos light rail vehicles[3]
Technical
System length15.920 km (9.9 mi)
Track gauge1,445 mm (4 ft 8+78 in),
1,435 mm (4 ft 8+12 in) standard gauge
System map

Map of Granada Metro.

Construction of the line began in 2007.[7] The metro was initially planned to open in early 2012, and by May 2011 the line was 73% completed.[7] However, funding ran out as a result of the Spanish economic crisis,[5] with only 250 million of the estimated 502 million euros total cost available. In 2012, the remaining funds were secured through a 260 million loan from the European Investment Bank.[4] and the planned date of completion was moved to early 2014.[4] However, further delays resulted in a shortfall in funding, which was only resolved on 1 July 2014.

The metro finally opened at noon 21 September 2017.[8][6]

Future expansionEdit

Owing to the higher than expected ridership and success of the metro, extensions are proposed on the existing line; westward from Armilla splitting into two branches to Cúllar Vega and another to Alhendín, and northwest from Albolote to Pinos Puente and/or Atarfe and Santa Fe.[9] New lines from Granada city centre to Peligros, Ogíjares and Federico García Lorca Granada Airport are also proposed.[10]

 
Planned extensions of Granada metro in 2021.
  Line 2
  Line 3

Network MapEdit

 

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c metropolitanogranada.es
  2. ^ a b Granada Hoy (23 January 2020). "El Metro de Granada crece en pasajeros pero sigue sin alcanzar el objetivo anual". Retrieved 13 January 2021.
  3. ^ "La Junta refuerza la campaña de seguridad vial del metro para avanzar en la convivencia de la ciudad con el nuevo transporte".
  4. ^ a b c La puesta en marcha del metro de Granada se retrasa hasta 2014, El País, 25 May 2012
  5. ^ a b Spain election: Metro eyesore blights Granada, BBC News, 18 November 2011
  6. ^ a b c Barrow, Keith (21 September 2017). "Granada opens first light rail line". www.railjournal.com. International Railway Journal. Retrieved 21 September 2017.
  7. ^ a b Spain's town hall meltdown, The Independent, 30 October 2011
  8. ^ "El metro de Granada entrará en funcionamiento en marzo de 2017 y costará menos de un euro | Vídeo". Granada Digital (in European Spanish). Retrieved 2017-09-21.
  9. ^ "Posibles trazados de ampliación del metropolitano". Ideal.es (in Spanish). 23 July 2018. Retrieved 22 August 2019.
  10. ^ "Un objeto del deseo de más de 1.000 millones". Granada Hoy (in Spanish). 17 March 2019. Retrieved 22 August 2019.

External linksEdit

  Media related to Granada metro at Wikimedia Commons