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Lazio, Italy (Europe)

Date of opening10 Feb 1955
Network length54.1 km (33.62 mi)
Stations67 (66*)
Stations per line22.33
Avg. station distance845 m (0.53 mi)
Avg. line length18.03 km (11.21 mi)
*with transfer stations counted once
Numerical data by J. Serradell, 31 Dec 2014
System typemetro (known as Metropolitana)
Daily ridership (by J. Kennes)907,000 (2008)
Daily ridership per km (per mi)16,800 (10,400)
Fare (10 km/10 stops; by UBS)1.00 EUR (2009); gates
24-hour operationNo
TrackLeft, gauge: 1435 mm
Power supplyOverhead wire, 1500 V
Air-conditioned trainsYes
Walk-through trainsYes
Rubber-tyred trainsNo
Driverless linesNo
Platform screen doorsNo
World Metro Database

Official map
Source: pdf, © 2009 romametropolitane.it

To-scale map
Source: cityrailtransit.com

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The relationship between planners and preservationists is difficult due to Italy's strict preservation laws and the fact that most of central Rome is of historical significance. Without paved roads, early cities used to rise gradually on the build-up of dust, waste, and horse excrements. Rome has risen about 15-20 meters over the past 2000 years, thus preserving many remains. Until now, only two metro lines serve the 2.5 million residents, leaving the city's streets regularly clogged with motorized traffic whose pollution in turn endangers historical monuments. A few years ago, planners and preservationists decided to work together on the new subway line C, to be opened around 2014. Tunnel boring machines will be used more than 30 meters below the surface, which is below the archaeological remains. But the surface has still to be opened up at places for constructing stations and ventilation shafts. As museum space is limited in Rome, many of the objects to be excavated are destined to be displayed in the stations [10, 14].

Exhibits in stations:
  • Repubblica: Remnants of a Roman city wall throughout the station, partly behind glass.
  • Termini: Antique mosaics.

Relationships with Other Metros

Spanish CAF family
Members: Algiers, Barcelona, Bilbao, Brussels, Delhi, Hong Kong, Istanbul, Madrid, Medellin, Mexico City, Palma de Mallorca, Rome, Santiago, Sao Paulo, Washington,
Characteristics: Similar trains from the same manufacturer.

Reaching the Beaches

Mediterranean Sea: Lido di Ostia railway (transfer from metro line B) links the city centre with Ostia (100-200 m from the shore).

Departure Procedure and Sounds

Buzz. On line B, stations are announced with the words "Prossima fermata", followed by the name of the station and the same announcement in (poor) English, "Next stop" and the name of the station.

Handpicked Resources

romametropolitane.it Official website

Generated Links for Rome Metropolitana

Line history (cityrailtransit.com)
Photos (images.google.com)
Maps (images.google.com)
Wikipedia entry (wikipedia.org)
Urbanrail.net entry (urbanrail.net)
Skyscrapercity discussion (skyscrapercity.com)
City information about Rome (wikipedia.org)

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