The Chilean capital of Santiago is served by a rubber tired metro network. In 1996, the three-line metro carried a total of 178 million passengers, a high figure for a city with a population of five million. The first line opened in 1975, followed by the first section of Line 2 in 1978. The network now totals 84.4 km serving 82 stations with five lines.

By 2015, extensions of Lines 1, 2 and 5 are planned. Three new lines (3, 4 and 6) are also envisaged, plus a cross-city Metrotren suburban corridor on existing main line tracks.

In January 2010, an announcement was made that a new 14.6 km Line 6 will soon enter the preconstruction phase. Line 6 is expected to open in 2014, just about the time this web page will be updated again.

An event of note was in 2007, when commuters filed a class action suit against the metro because they were unabel to get to work. Who says Chile is a third world country?

Photos from the Santiago Metro 1996 annual report

Click on the image for a larger image. Duh!



A new page on the Santiago Metro
Another page on the Santiago Metro, in Portuguese
Photo of new articulated metro tren
A fact filled, image filled page from Railway Technology
Wikipedia page
Official Home Page

Image from Alsthom's site