Metrotranvía Mendoza

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Metrotranvía Mendoza
Owner Mendoza Province
Locale Mendoza, Argentina
Transit type Light rail
Number of lines 1
Number of stations 16
Daily ridership 5,000 (2013)[1]
Began operation 8 October 2012[2]
Operator(s) Empresa Provincial de Transporte de Mendoza (EPTM)
Number of vehicles 11
System length 12.5 km (7.8 mi)[3]
Track gauge 1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in) standard gauge
Electrification 600 V DC, overhead lines

The Metrotranvía Mendoza (Spanish for Mendoza Light Rail or fast tramway) is a public light rail transport system for the city of Mendoza, Argentina, served by articulated light rail cars operating on newly relaid tracks in former-Ferrocarril General San Martín mainline right-of-way.

The 12.5-km line runs between Mendoza Central Station (es) and General Gutierrez in Maipú, on double-track 1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in) standard gauge track. Construction began in March 2009.[4] An inauguration ceremony was held in February 2012,[2] but service did not begin at that time, as much construction work remained to be completed.[5] Since 29 April 2012 passengers were permitted to ride on occasional demonstration/trial service on a portion of the line. The system finally opened for regular service on 8 October 2012.[2]

Rolling stock[edit]

Siemens–Duewag U2 car making a test run in 2011.

The service is provided by eleven Siemens–Duewag U2 light-rail vehicles (LRVs) acquired secondhand from the San Diego Trolley system in San Diego, California.[6] By November 2011, about half of these had arrived in Mendoza,[5] and the delivery was completed with the final two cars arriving on 27 April 2012.[7] It is planned to acquire an additional 28 Siemens U2 cars from San Diego, four of which are to be salvaged for parts.[2]

Route and service[edit]

The Metrotranvía of Mendoza serves the metropolitan area of Mendoza, which includes the departments of Las Heras, Central district, Godoy Cruz, Maipú and Luján de Cuyo. Service operates from 6:00 to 22:00. The line has been named the Línea Verde, or Green Line.[2] The line operates on the right-hand side as its former US light rail rolling stock is configured, in contrast to the left-handed operation of the majority of the Argentine railway network.

Metrotranvía of Mendoza line
Pedro Molina
25 de Mayo
San Martín
Godoy Cruz
9 de Julio
Alta Italia

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Zavala Tello, Ignacio (20 August 2013). "El Metrotranvía cumplió un año y tiene 5.000 usuarios por día" [The Metrotranvía has been in service for one year and has 5,000 users per day]. Diario Uno (in Spanish) (Mendoza, Argentina). Retrieved 2014-10-26. 
  2. ^ a b c d e "Mendoza light rail service begins" (December 2012). Tramways & Urban Transit, p. 451. LRTA Publishing. ISSN 1460-8324.
  3. ^ "Ya ejecutaron el 55% de las obras del metrotranvía" ("55% of the work on the Metrotranvía is completed") (20 July 2010). Jornada Online. (Spanish)
  4. ^ "Metrotranvía deal signed". Railway Gazette International. 24 February 2009. Retrieved 9 July 2013. 
  5. ^ a b Tramways & Urban Transit magazine, May 2012, p. 193. LRTA Publishing.
  6. ^ Tramways & Urban Transit magazine, November 2010, p. 428. LRTA Publishing. ISSN 1460-8324.
  7. ^ Tramways & Urban Transit magazine, July 2012, p. 272. LRTA Publishing.

(The following related news is in Spanish)

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