The Catania Metro
: Metropolitana di Catania
) is a metro
system serving the city of Catania
, southern Italy
It has been in operation since June 27, 1999 and consists of single line approximately 4 km long.The line is underground for most of its length (between the stations of Borgo and Galatea).Service frequency is limited to once every 15 minutes because the line is single-track foralmost half its length (between stations Galatea and Porto), hence trains operate as shuttles.
The section of the line between the stations of Borgo
originally belonged to the Circumetnea narrow-gauge
regional railway which was constructed in 1895
.The line was converted to standard gauge
and moved underground in a cut-and-cover
tunnel except forthe part of the route adjacent to the coast which remained on the surface. The original terminal of the Circumetnea at F.S. Centrale was moved to Borgo.
The Metropolitana and the Circumetnea are operated by the same company, which has its offices at Catania Borgo.
Current status and planned extensions
The metro currently suffers from poor ridership, as its current route merely skirts the city centreand therefore does not reach many popular destinations. Another reason for this is the servicefrequency limit of up to one train every 15 minutes, imposed by the single track.
An extension to the system was given the green light on March 30, 2006. It involves a branch from the existing line at Galatea westward... Read More