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Porto Light Rail System, Portugal [free access]

March 1, 2017

Key players: Metro do Porto is the developer. ViaPORTO consortium comprising Grupo Barraqueiro, Manvia, Arriva and Keolis, operates the system.


Project description: Expansion of the light-rail system serving the city of Porto.


Background: The light-rail system comprises six lines, which span 67 km and cover 81 stations. The six lines serve seven municipalities including Maia, Matosinhos, Póvoa de Varzim, Vila do Conde, Vila Nova de Gaia, Gondomar and Trofa, as well as the Funicular dos Guindais. It is one of the largest light-rail networks in Europe. 


The light-rail system runs underground in central Porto and at-grade in the city's suburbs. The first line opened in 2002.



Rolling stock: The system deploys 102 trams supplied by Bombardier. Of these, 72 are of the Eurotram model, while 30 are of the Flexity Swift model.


Ridership: The system recorded a ridership of 58 million passengers during 2016. Out of the six lines, the highest ridership was on Line D, with 17.4 million passengers.


Fare system and technology: The system uses the contactless smartcard called Andante, which is integrated with other modes of transport. Bombardier Transportation has deployed its CITYFLO 250 solution of communications-based train control (CBTC) signalling.


Extensions/Capital plans: A new line, Line G, is planned to be constructed; and the existing Lind D is to be extended.



Together, ridership on Line G and Line D extension is expected to be 12 million passengers per year.


The tender for the construction of the lines is expected to be invited by the end of 2018, and construction is expected to begin in 2019.


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