UrbanRail.Net - News 2001


1 Dec - news group - subscribe now!

22 Nov - "Metros in Spain" book update available for download

13 Nov - great new book on Montréal Metro by Benoît Clairoux

11 Nov - new page (incl. photos) for Hiroshima

7 Nov - Spanish and German summary gradually added to each city's page

5 Nov - CDrom Metros in Spain finally available

2 Nov - new and different photos from Moscow by Di.Vendox

NEW YORK CITY - Due to the disaster occured on 11 Sept 2001, the red line (1, 9) will be closed indefinitely between Chambers Street and South Ferry. No PATH service to WTC station either. For other service changes see MTA's announcements.


16 Dec -- New York -- 63 St Link open

The F train now operates on the new link between Queens and Manhattan, the new V train serves the former F route via Queens Plaza, G train cut back to Court Sq.

12 Dec -- Moscow -- Line 9 (Serpukhovsko-Timiryazevskaya) extended to Annino

18 Oct -- Singapore -- Dover station (EW22) added on East-West-Line

29 Sept -- Essen -- U11/U17 Altenessen - Karlsplatz - ramp - GE-Fischerstr.

3 new underground stations and 5 street level stops complete Essen's northern line

27 Sept -- Hong Kong -- Kwun Tong Line Quarry Bay - North Point

New transfer station to relieve overcrowded Quarry Bay station

21 Sept -- Barcelona -- L3 Montbau - Canyelles

With three new stations and an additional 2.4 km Barcelona's green line reaches a total length of 16.6 km

17 Sept -- Berlin -- S-Bahn-Ring Schönhauser Allee - Gesundbrunnen (Nordkreuz)

5 Sept -- Minsk -- Avtozavodskaya - Mogilyovskaya

28 August -- Tehran - Line 1 Ali Abad - Darvazeh Dowlat

The first 10 km section of Tehran's north-south line in service

28 August -- Toshkent -- Yunusobod Line

First 7.6 km stretch of Toshkent's third metro line including 6 stations Lokhutiy - Shahriston

8 August -- Busan -- Line 2 Seomyeon - Geumnyeonsan

With this 8.7 km extension Busan second metro line reaches a length of 31 km

7 July -- Kobe -- Kaigan Line

The new 7.9 km coast line complements the existing municipal subway

30 June -- Chicago -- Green Line Conservatory-Central Park Drive station

A new station opens on the western branch of the Green Line between Pulaski and Kedzie stations

8 June -- Prague -- Line B Kolbenova station

This station built between Vysocanská and Hloubetín finally opened 2 years later

11 May -- Warsaw -- Line 1 Centrum - Ratusz

Warsaw's only metro line extended 2 stations in city centre (1.7 km)

5 May -- St. Louis -- MetroLink 5th & Missouri - College

28 km extension into St. Clair county in southern Illinois

5 April -- Naples -- Line 1 Vanvitelli - Museo

The Metro Collinare has finally climbed down - 4 km shuttle service until July

1 April -- Kuala Lumpur -- PUTRA KL Sentral

Putra's stop at KL's Central Railway Station finally open to the public

31 March -- Brasília -- Central - Terminal Samambaia/Praça do Relógio

Finally the Brasília metro opens for trial operation with 31 km and 11 stations ready

31 March -- Tokyo -- Waterfront Line (Tokyo Rinkai Kohosoku) Tokyo Teleport - Tenzohzu Isle

9 March -- Seoul -- Line 6 - Yaksu - Itaewon

Four remaining stations on the central section of Line 6 complete current expansion programme

10 Feb -- Frankfurt/Main - U4 Hauptbahnhof - Bockenheimer Warte

After some delays Frankfurt's only full metro line extended 2 stations to new interchange with U6/U7

13 Jan -- Washington -- Green Line Anacostia - Branch Ave

Completion of the Green Line's southern leg means completion of the the U.S. capital's 100 miles metro network (160 km)

10 Jan 2001 - Singapore - East-West Line Expo station

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Oct. 2001 (?) -- Belo Horizonte -- Minas Shopping - São Gabriel

late 2001 -- Vancouver - Millennium Line Columbia - Lougheed

early 2002 -- Rennes -- first VAL line

2 May 2002 -- Madrid -- Line 8 Mar de Cristal - Nuevos Ministerios

Spring 2001 -- Yekaterinburg -- Geologicheskaya

Spring 2002 -- Kyiv -- Sviatoshyn - Prospekt Palladina

mid-2002 -- Milan -- Passante Porta Venezia - Dateo

July 2002 -- São Paulo -- Line 5 Capćo Redondo - Largo 13

End of 2000 (???) -- Samara -- Gagarinskaya - Moskovskaya

2002 -- Nizhniy Novgorod -- Sormovskaya: Burnakovskaya - Burevestnik

13 April 2002 -- Bilbao -- Line 2 San Inazio - Urbinaga

1 Sept 2002 -- Toronto -- Sheppard Subway

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Subway / Metro / Underground / Mass Transit / U-Bahn openings -- 1998 -- 1999 -- 2000




Amsterdam (north-south line - 2000?-2006)

Athens (Line 3 to Monastiraki -2002, to Stavros 2001-2004, Line 2 to Thivon and Ilioupoli)

Barcelona (Light metro Trinitat Nova - Can Cuiàs, 2001-)

Bilbao (Line 2 San Inazio - Urbinaga 1997-2002, - Sestao -2004)

Brussels (Line 1B extension from Bizet to Erasme Hospital, Line 2 Clemenceau - Beekkant)

Bucharest (1 Mai - Laromet; N.Grigorescu - L. Centura)

Budapest (Line M4 - Keleti pu - Kelenföldi pu)

Copenhagen (line 1 -2002)

Dnepropetrovsk (extension of first line into city centre)

Donetsk (first line)

Genoa (extension of first line through city centre)

Istanbul (Line 1- phase 2 Taksim - Yenikapi 1998-)

Kazan' (first line)

Kharkiv (Alekseyevska - 2 stations -2004)

Kyiv (Green Line north to Syrets'ka; Red Line west to Pros. Palladina)

Lisbon (Blue line to Sta. Apolónia -2000; Yellow line Campo Grande - Odivelas 1999-2003, Green line to Telheiras)

Madrid (L-10 Casa de Campo - Alcorcón, MetroSur L-12 Ring Line 2000-2003)

Milan (Line 3 extension north - 2 stations)

Projects: new metro line from Linate airport to Lorenteggio (southwest). The new line 4 will intersect: P.le Dateo (Passante ferroviario), Crocetta (Line 3), Porta Genova (Line 2) to finish at Lorenteggio. A new line 5 will run from Garibaldi to Monza.
Moscow - extensions to lines 2, 3, 9, 10

Munich (U1 and U3 west to OEZ -2003)

Naples (Collinare line to city centre)

Oslo (Circle line: Ullevål stadion - Storo -2003, Storo - Carl Berners plass -2006)

Palermo project: Intercontinental Airport of Punta Raisi - city centre

Paris (line 14 to St. Lazare -2003)

Prague (Line C Nadrazi Holesovice - Ladvi, 2000-)

Rome (line B1 Bologna - Conca d'Oro -2005, conversion of line C)

Rotterdam (western extension of east-west line - Beneluxlijn)

St. Petersburg (rebuilding of interrupted section on the red line, Line 4 St.Derevnya - Komendantsky Prospekt -2000; Line 5)

Sofia (extension of first line into city centre)

Thessaloniki (Line 1 VAL 1999-2004)

Turin (First VAL Line - 10km -15 stations Fermi - Porta Nuova, 2005)

Toulouse (planned VAL line B 2001-2007, extension Line A north to Gramont 2001-2004)

Ufa (Russia) (First line)

Valencia (Line 5 Alameda - Parque Ayora 2000-2003)

Warsaw (first line extension north - Ratusz - Plac Wilsona 2001-2004)

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Belo Horizonte (Line 1 São Gabriel - Vilarinho, Line 2)

Brasília (first line west to Ceilandia)

Buenos Aires (Line B, 2 stations, and new Line H)

Fortaleza (Brasil) (first line)

Las Vegas (USA) - A 6.4 km monorail line (Grand Hotel - Sahara Hotel) (/2004)

Lima (First Line - suspended)

Maracaibo (Line 1 of light metro)

Recife (Second line conversion)

Saint Louis (St.Claire extension, further 14 km extension from Belleville to Scott Air Force Base approved 12/99)

Salvador (Brazil) (Line 1 Lapa - Pirajá)

San Francisco (BART to Airport and Millbrae)

San Juan (Puerto Rico) (first line)

São Paulo (line 5 -2002 and conversion of rail lines into line 6 and 7)

Toronto (new Sheppard Subway line 1992-2002)

Valencia (Venezuela) (First Line)

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Adana (Turkey) - first light metro line (Info here)

Alger (Line 1) - construction progress unknown

Ankara - Line 1 from Batikent to Sinkan/Törekent (18 km); LRT from Asti to Köy Hizmerleri (5.7 km) and from Dikimevi to Önder Mahallesi via Sitaler (4 km)

Bangkok (Blue Line subway)

Bursa (Turkey) (20.6 km LRT Line with 3 km underground section) (Info here)

Busan (South Korea) (Line 2 east, Line 3)

Cairo (Line 2 to Giza)

Chelyabinsk (First Line)

Chennai (southern extension of Line 1)

Daegu (South Korea) (Line 2)

Daejeon (South Korea) (First line)

Delhi (Line 1 Central Secretariat - University, 11 km, 10 stations, 2000-2005)

Guangzhou (Line 2 -2003; Line 3)

Gwangju (S.Korea) (First Line)

Kaohsiung (Taiwan) (Red and Orange Lines)

Krasnoyarsk (Russia) (First line)

Kuala Lumpur (Monorail Line)

Nagoya (No.4 line)

Nanjing (China) (First line)

Omsk (first line)

Shanghai (Line 2 eastern extension, Pearl Line M4 )

Singapore (North-East Subway Line 1998-2002)

Shenzhen (China) (Line 1+4)

Taipei (Blue Line extensions)

Tehran (Lines 1 and 2 east)


Alexandria (Egypt) - 55 km regional metro planned similar to Cairo's Line 1 by connected suburban rail lines through a cross-city tunnel.

Bogotá (Colombia) has planned a metro network for years but currently all projects have been shelved.

Bologna (Italy) (?)

Bratislava (Slovakia) plans to build a two line metro based on the VAL 208 system (Lille, Toulouse) with a total length of 32 km. The first part of line "B" with 10.059 km and 12 stations is ready for construction. This part will begin in Pertzalka (southern part of Bratislava with 130.000 inhabs. situated on the right bank of the river Danube), then in a tunnel under the Danube to the city centre, where it will end temporarily. Beginning of construction is planned for the second half of 2001, but there are still funding problems (Peter Krajcovic).

Brighton (UK) - South-Coast-Metro - rapid transit system along the south coast of England, from Hastings to Worthing and Littlehampton (more)

Chengdu (China)

Chongqing (China)

Curitiba (Brazil) plans a first elevated metro line (13 km - 9 stations) to run from the Cidade Industrial in the south to the city centre. In a second phase the metro should be extended north to Ayuba (10 stations) and reach a total of 27 km.

Dalian (China)

Florence (Italy) - a new project to build a subway was studied by the local university and was finally approved. This subway will be composed of 4 circle lines. Each circle will intersect with the others. A round trip in one circle will take around 6 minutes.

Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon - Vietnam)

Jakarta (Indonesia)

Jerusalem (Israel) - light rail with underground sections

Lagos (Nigeria) - metro plans revived, first line from Alagbado to Iddo, second to Lagos Island

Mumbai (Bombay) (India)

Perm (Russia)

Shenyang (China)

Qingdao (China)

Tel Aviv (Israel) - Bids invited Nov. 2001 for Red Line (Petah Tikva - Bat Yam, -2009)

Venice (Italy) - The new "metropolitana lagunare" will connect the International Airport of Venice Marco Polo (a new terminal is almost finished and will have a people mover service between the terminal and the new Subway station) to Mestre and maybe Venice.

Wuhan (China) - bids have been invited for a first metro line of 27.4 km between Gutian Yilu and Fujiapo.

Xi'an (China) - 19.8 km (2002-2006)


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Years shown indicate beginning and end of construction (1999-2003)

(?) Information on construction of a metro in these cities is not confirmed!


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