Maracaibo Metro

The Maracaibo Metro, also known as Metro del Sol Amado, is a six-station light rail system in Maracaibo, Venezuela. Service between La Vanega and El Varillal (skipping Urdaneta) opened to the public on November 25, 2006, with the last station on the line opened on June 9, 2009.[2]

Maracaibo Metro
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Overview
LocaleMaracaibo, Zulia, Venezuela
Transit typeLight rail/rapid transit
Number of lines1
Number of stations6
Daily ridership42,000[1]
Operation
Began operation2006
Technical
System length6.5 km (4.0 mi)

The line encompasses the suburbs of Maracaibo and Maracaibo itself as drop-off point. Also one station is a transfer point between rail services provided by IAFE. There are a total of six stations along the line – two elevated stations (Urdaneta and Libertador), and four at-grade stations.

The line was built by the city government of Maracaibo and the Venezuelan national government. In March 2009 it was reported that corruption allegations regarding the 1998 signing of the construction contract with Siemens were being investigated.[3]

LinesEdit

Line 1Edit

The first stage of line 1 will be 6.9 km long.[citation needed] The totally planned system of four lines shall have 60 km in the future.

German company Siemens is supplying signalling, telecommunication and electrification systems as well as the first 7 metro trains, based on the vehicles running on the Prague Metro line C.

The first of 4 proposed lines, Line 1, has opened some stations while others are still under construction or in the planning/design stages. A feeder 1.1 km support line connects the maintenance and train yard areas to the terminal station Altos de La Vanega.

Line Terminals Service Length Stations Notes
1 Altos de la Vanega ↔ El Varillal November 25, 2006 1.2 km 2 Free service with 600 passenger capacity
Altos de la Vanega ↔ El Guayabal August 27, 2007 2.5 km 3 First fare collection BsF 0,5 (23US cents) was introduced January 21, 2008. Service hours: Monday to Friday 6:00 a.m to 8:00 p.m. and Saturday, Sundays and holidays 2:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Altos de la Vanega ↔ Sabaneta May 11, 2008 3.4 km 4
Altos de la Vanega ↔ Libertador June 8, 2009 6.5 km 6

StationsEdit

Line 1: First Stage

  • Altos de La Vanega
  • El Varillal
  • El Guayabal
  • Sabaneta
  • Urdaneta
  • Libertador

Line 1: Second Stage (Under study)

Probable additional stations are:

  • Padilla
  • Falcón
  • 5 de Julio
  • Paraíso
  • Indio Mara
  • Universidad
  • Polideportivo
  • Galerías
  • Panamericano
  • Mercado Periférico
  • La Curva de Molina

Rolling stockEdit

The Maracaibo Metro is served by 7 sets of 3-car Siemens Mobility trains, a modification of the M1 type rolling stock used on the Prague Metro.

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Metro de Maracaibo estima movilizar 42 mil usuarios diarios estas navidades". Gobierno Bolivariano de Venezuela. Archived from the original on June 17, 2013. Retrieved April 24, 2013.
  2. ^ "Zulianos cuentan con dos nuevas estaciones del Metro de Maracaibo". YVKE Mundial Radio. June 9, 2009. Archived from the original on July 17, 2011. Retrieved June 10, 2009.
  3. ^ "Subcomisión de Contraloría de la AN investiga caso de denuncias contra Siemens". Globovision.com (in Spanish). March 10, 2009. Archived from the original on February 18, 2012. Retrieved March 18, 2009.

External linksEdit

  Media related to Maracaibo Metro at Wikimedia Commons