elevated mass transit railway
The 17 station, 24.7 km Chennai mass rapid railway (aka the flying
train) opened in 1998. An additional 4.5 km opened in 2004, followed by a 3 km extension is due to open in 2011, with further extensions planned. The two line elevated railway looks more like a commuter train but it is indeed a true
metro. Chennai's MRTS will integrate with it's truer metro, now under construction (see below).
The MRTS is known far and wide for it's pristine cleanliness.
an unfinished subway also exists in Chennai, part of which is used as a
In April 2005, Chennai hired Delhi Metro Rail to complete a feasability
study for a 3 line metro.
45.1 km 2 line system will be elevated except for a 2.4 km stretch, which will be underground. Phase I is due to open in late 2013.
In August 2010, a 9 km extension to Line 1 was proposed.
The contract awarding process for a three line first phase of the Chennai
monorail is currently underway. The lines will be 23kms, 18kms and 16kms
resptively in length and will connect with the existing suburban railway, the
single-line elevated MRTS system and under construction metro network.
Chennai Metrorail Home Page
1997 The Week's report
on the new
Derails on Chennai Metro
Unofficial Home Page
official home page
History of the
Be sure to watch out for
train views from Sridhar Narayanan
Photo of new
Metro rail for Chennai? from The Hindu
Chennai MRTS to add new lines The Hindu, October 30, 2003
services extended to Tiruvanmiyur in
MRTS services extended
The Last Train
Ride: The MG suburban lines closes (June, 2004)
Chennai monorail project dies
Chennai metro under construction