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Brescia becomes smallest city in Europe with a metro line (Italy)

By Sarah Martens / Updated: 01 Aug 2014
On 2 March, the first metro line opened in Brescia, Italy. Citizens clearly appreciated the service, as the metro carried half a million passengers in the first week.
Within 10 years, Brescia City Administration has started and completed the ambitious project of a fully automated Metro line, despite initial opposition from citizens. The main aim of the project is to increase the use of public transport from 40 to 56 million passengers per year and to offer a valid alternative to private transport, thus protecting the environment by decreasing congestion and pollution.

The total capacity of the metro system is 8,500 passengers per hour, thanks to 18 trains running with a three-minute frequency. The total cost of the metro line amounts to 935 million euros, about 5,000 euros for each resident. However, it is the second-cheapest in Italy with a total cost per kilometre second only to the metro lines of Milan.

The 17 stations along the 13.7-kilometre line are all accessible to disabled people (visually and physically impaired) and cyclists. The stations have been designed for energy saving and are naturally lighted thanks to several rooflights.

Source: Metro Brescia (in Italian)
More information: www.bresciamobilita.it and Metro Brescia (Both in Italian)
Photo credits: www.bresciamobilita.it
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