metro, tramway


The first line of the metro opened in December 2002. The lines extend to the outlying towns of Matosinhos, Povoa, Maia, Trofa and Gaia. When complete, the system will represent the largest total rail system construction project ever undertaken in Europe.

Civil works, including reinforcement of a bridge over the Douro river, were begun early in 1998. As of January 2011, the system had 6 lines, 68 stations and 77 km. The system is run by Transdev .

Railway Technology - Caminhos de Ferro Portugueses (CP) Oporto Metro - Portugal
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Great thread with pics from SSC
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A few photos of
newly arrived trains from Luis Almeida.
The trams of Porto
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Here are a few images courtesy of Rita Starsfield in Metro Porto's PR department:

This information was from João Lopes Porto, General Manager:

North-south line will run 9 Km from Santo Ovidio, in Vila Nova de Gaia, to São João hospital, crossing the Douro River on the upper deck of the existing Luis I Road Bridge, and serving the city centre by a tunnel section.
East –West line with 15,5 km. will start at CP’s Campanhã station and run in a tunnel via S. Bento to Trindade, where it will take over CP’s alignment to the North, trough Senhora da Hora, until Matosinhos. This line will branch in Senhora da Hora to serve Póvoa, with 24 Km, and Trofa with 21,5 Km.

The contest was won by the consortium Normetro, who is formed by 8 companies (Soares da Costa, ADtranz Italy, ADtranz Portugal, ABB Sae, Soconstroi, Impregilo, Transdev, Semaly). The project, under the responsibility of the consortium Normetro, compromises a turn-key Light Rail Transit System, with 5 years operation and maintenance.

The vehicle – Eurotram – will be produced by ADtranz. It's capacity will be 216 passengers (4 p/m2), the fleet will include 72 vehicles, 100% low floor, easy to board and leave, silent, easy and minimal maintenance, air conditioning and modularity. Eurotram of Porto is the “state of art” in light rail vehicles, due to its design and technology.

The total amount of the order to Normetro is 169.6 milliard PTE (Civil Works: 51.6 milliard PTE, Electromechanical equipments: 94.1 milliard PTE and Pre-operation, operation and maintenance: 29.9 milliard PTE). The EIB, the Portuguese State, the EU funds and the financial market will finance the project.

The construction is expected to begin at the end of the year 1998. The first line in operation will be Trindade - Senhora da Hora - Matosinhos in 2001. All the system will be in operation in 2003.