|Locale||Maracaibo, Zulia, Venezuela|
|Transit type||Rapid transit|
|Number of lines||1|
|Number of stations||6|
|System length||6.5 km (4.0 mi)|
The Maracaibo Metro, also known as Metro del Sol Amado, is a six-station rapid transit system in Maracaibo, Venezuela. Service between La Vanega and El Varillal (skipping Urdaneta) opened to the public on November 25, 2006, with the last station on the line opened on June 9, 2009.
The line encompasses the suburbs of Maracaibo and Maracaibo itself as drop off point. Also one station is a transfer point between rail services provided by IAFE. There are a total of six stations along the line – two elevated stations (Urdaneta and Libertador), and four at-grade stations.
The line was built by the city government of Maracaibo and the Venezuelan national government. In March 2009 it was reported that corruption allegations regarding the 1998 signing of the construction contract with Siemens were being investigated.
The first stage of line 1 will be 6.9 km long. The totally planned system of four lines shall have 60 km in the future.
The first of 4 proposed lines, Line 1, has opened some stations while others are still under construction or in the planning/design stages. A feeder 1.1 km support line connects the maintenance and train yard areas to the terminal station Altos de La Vanega.
|1||Altos de la Vanega ↔ El Varillal||November 25, 2006||1.2 km||2||Free service with 600 passenger capacity|
|Altos de la Vanega ↔ El Guayabal||August 27, 2007||2.5 km||3||First fare collection BsF 0,5 (23US cents) was introduced January 21, 2008. Service hours: Monday to Friday 6:00 a.m to 8:00 p.m. and Saturday, Sundays and holidays 2:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.|
|Altos de la Vanega ↔ Sabaneta||May 11, 2008||3.4 km||4|
|Altos de la Vanega ↔ Libertador||June 8, 2009||6.5 km||6|
Line 1: First Stage
- Altos de La Vanega
- El Varillal
- El Guayabal
Line 1: Second Stage (Under study)
Probable additional stations are:
- 5 de Julio
- Indio Mara
- Mercado Periférico
- La Curva de Molina
- Caracas Metro
- Los Teques Metro
- Valencia Metro
- List of Latin American rail transit systems by ridership
- Medium-capacity rail transport system (light metro)
- List of rapid transit systems
Media related to Maracaibo Metro at Wikimedia Commons
- Metro Maracaibo – official website (Spanish)
- Maracaibo (Metro) at UrbanRail.net
- Allen Morrison – Early tramways system Maracaibo