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CATANIA
 Sicily . Italy

Catania Metropolitana Map

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New train at Porto stationCatania is situated on the eastern shore of Sicily and has 370,000 inhabitants (700,000 in the metropolitan area)

The Metropolitana di Catania opened on 27 June 1999 between Borgo and Porto:

03/2017: 7 km, 9 stations, 1435 mm gauge

The metro initially ran underground between Borgo and Piazza Galatea, then on the surface on a single-track line along the coast to the Catania Centrale railway station (FS) and further south to the harbour (Porto). The underground alignment actually replaced a surface route built in 1895.

Finally, in December 2016, an underground branch was completed to serve the city centre at Stesicoro. While the former stop at the railway station was permanently closed (now served by Giovanni XXIII station), the single-track branch to Porto will reopen in 2017.

The Metropolitana is operated by Ferrovia Circumetnea which also runs a narrow-gauge diesel line from Borgo westwards around the Etna volcano and back to the coast at Riposto (113 km).

 History

27 June 1999: Borgo - Porto
20 Dec 2016: Galatea - Stesicoro
31 March 2017: Borgo - Nesima (3.1 km)

 Photos
Stazione F.S. Stazione F.S. Stazione F.S. Inside metro train Metro approaching Porto station
Photos (1-3) © Volker Thrun

 Projects

From Stesicoro the line will eventually reach the airport in the south of the city.

From the original terminus at Borgo, a western extension is under construction towards Misterbianco. After the first section with four stations opened in 2017, construction continues on the following section including Fontana and Monte Po stations. The metro line may eventually reach Paterṇ. The Circumetnea will gradually be cut back and the surface alignment through the built-up area will be abandoned.

 Links

FCE - Ferrovia Circumetnea (Official Site)

AMT- Azienda Municipale di Trasporti


Catania Mobilità

CityRailways Italian Metro News

Metropolitana di Catania by Andrea Tartaglia

Metro Catania at Wikipedia.it

 Photos
Driver's cab © Andrea Russo Porto terminus © Andrea Russo Inside new metro car © Andrea Russo Borgo station entrance © Andrea Russo Recicle bin in station © Andrea Russo Borgo station
Photos © (1-5) Andrea Russo
 

 

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