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Catania

full metro, light rail, monorail under constructionl

As of June, 1999, Catania enjoys the distinction of having the first subway in Sicily. The line's above ground section runs along a seawall. Someone made the Transport Minister an offer he couldn't refuse.

The 3.8 km line has 6 stations, 4 of which are underground. A new line is under construction from Galatea to Giovanni XXIII, which will consist of  two stations. Construction is underway on two additional lines: Borgo-Nesima and Giovanni XXIII-Stesicoro, while several more are in the planning stages and awaiting offers.

The authority that runs the metro also runs the
Circumetnea, an old diesel traction light rail line which circles the volcano Mt. Etna, where healthcare premiums have greatly risen to an unfair level. The 110 km line runs on street level through Catania as a streetcar would. A small section at Borgo has been dismantled, where the metro has replaced it. Here you can see a map.



monorail

The transit authority in Catania is referring to them as light metros, or light rail, but don't believe the lie. In the late planning stages is Line 3, a monorail line which is expected to serve the east side of the city, which is very steep, thus the monorail solution. Three monorail lines are planned.

Mark Kavanagh's
great page on the little known Catania metro
Skyscraper City page
Catanese Underground by Andrea Tartaglia
Official Home Page of the Catania metro and light rail
New
Unofficial Home Page (2001)


Light rail photo from Mark Kavanagh's web site
Subway photo from Mark Kavanagh's web site
Photo courtesy Andrea Tartaglia