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 .
Technology - Caminhos de Ferro Portugueses (CP) Oporto Metro - Portugal
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.
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.