Santiago Metro

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Metro de Santiago is South America's most extensive metro system with 5 lines, 108 stations and 103 kilometres of track making it the second longest in Latin America after that of Mexico City. The metro system serves the city of Santiago, Chile. Three of the lines are rubber-tyred metro. 4-Line and 4A-Line are traditional steel wheels. The system services around 2,300,000 passengers per day.The system is administered by the state-owned Metro S.A.. Along with Metro Valparaíso in the city of Valparaíso and the Biotren in Concepción, it is one of the three metropolitan railway systems in Chile.


Origin and first project

It serves a city of 6 million inhabitants. Since its opening in 1975, el Metro has changed the city; it is one of Chile's most important construction projects. While lines 1, 2, and 5 use rubber tire stock, lines 4 and 4A use steel wheels in order to increase capacity. The rapid growth of the population in the city (in 1920, 507,296 inhabitants; in 1940, 1,073,699 inhabitants) was the principal factor in the birth of the idea. The first plan was in 1944, but only in 1968 did work begin. The original plan was for 5 lines:

  • Line 1, between San Pablo and Los Dominicos by the Alameda, Providencia and Apoquindo Avenues.
  • Line 2, between Conchalí and San Miguel by Vivaceta, Panamerican Highway and Gran Avenida.
  • Line 3,......
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