Line M1 at Villa San Giovanni
|Native name||Metropolitana di Milano|
|Locale||Milan, Lombardy, Italy|
|Transit type||Rapid Transit|
|Number of lines||4|
|Number of stations||103|
|Daily ridership||1.15 million|
|Operator(s)||Azienda Trasporti Milanesi|
|Number of vehicles||959 (2013)|
|System length||94.5 km (58.7 mi)|
|Track gauge||1,435 mm (4 ft 8 1⁄2 in) standard gauge|
The Milan Metro (Italian: Metropolitana di Milano) is the rapid transit system serving Milan, Italy, operated by Azienda Trasporti Milanesi. Milan metro is the longest metro system in Italy. The network consists of 4 lines, identified by different numbers and colors, with a total network length of 94.5 kilometres (58.7 mi), and a total of 103 stations, mostly underground. It has a daily ridership of 1.15 million.
The first line, the red one, opened in 1964, making Milan the second city in Italy after Rome to have a metro system. The green line opened 5 years later in 1969, the yellow line in 1990, and the lilac line in 2013. Current expansion of Line 5 and part of the new Line 4 are planned to open before the 2015 Expo.
The first projects for a subway line in Milan were drawn up in 1914 and 1925, following the examples of underground transport networks in other European cities like London and Paris. Planning proceeded in 1938 for the construction of a system of 7 lines, but this too halted after the start of World War II and due to lack of funds.
On 3 July 1952 the city administration voted for a project of a metro system and on 6 October 1955 a new company, Metropolitana Milanese, was created to manage the construction of the new infrastructure. The project was funded with ₤ 500 million from the municipality and the rest from a loan. The construction site of the first line was opened in viale Monte Rosa on 4 May 1957. Stations on the new line were designed by Franco Albini and Franca Helg architecture studio, while Bob Noorda designed the signaling. For this project both Albini-Helg and Noorda won the Compasso D'Oro prize.
The first section from Lotto to Sesto Marelli (21 stations) was opened on 1 November 1964, after 7 years of construction works. The track was 12.5 km (7.8 mi) long, and the mean distance between the stations was 590 m (1,940 ft). In the same year, in April, works on the second line started. Passengers on the network grew constantly through the first years of service, passing from 37,092,315 in 1965 to 61,937,192 in 1969.
The green line from Caiazzo to Cascina Gobba (7 stations) opened five years later. During the 1960s and 1970s the network of 2 lines was completed, and both lines had 2 different spurs. In 1978, the lines were already 17.6 km (10.9 mi) and 23 km (14 mi) long respectively, with 28 and 22 stations.
The first section of the third line (yellow), with 5 stations, was opened on 3 May 1990 after almost 9 years of construction works. The line opened just before the World Cup. The other 9 stations on Line 3 opened to the southeast in 1991, and northwest to Maciachini Station in 2004.
In March 2005 the Line 2 Abbiategrasso station (south branch from Famagosta) and the Line 1 Rho Fiera station opened. The intermediate station of Pero opened on December 2005. A north extension of Line 3 to Comasina (4 stations) and a new south branch on the Line 2 to Assago (2 stations) opened in early 2011.
The metro replaced several interurban tramroutes of the original Società Trazione Elettrica Lombarda (STEL) tramlines. In particular the Line 2 to Gessate. The only remaining suburban tram line to Limbiate is shortened to Comasina, the endpoint of Line 3.
|Length||Stations||Avg. station distance|
|Rho Fiera / Bisceglie||Sesto 1° Maggio||1964||2005||26.9||16.7||38||0.727||0.452|
|Assago Milanofiori Forum / Abbiategrasso||Cologno Nord / Gessate||1969||2011||39.4||24.5||35||1.159||0.720|
All the lines run underground except for the northern part of Line 2 and the Line 2 Assago branch.
There are 6 interchange stations, each with 2 lines: Centrale (Line 2 and 3), also Milan's main train station; Duomo (Line 1 and 3), considered the center of the city; Loreto (Line 1 and 2); Cadorna (Line 1 and 2), city terminus for northbound suburban and regional railways; Zara (Line 3 and 5); Garibaldi (Line 2 and 5), also a major railway station.
Lines run in the Milan municipality for the 80% of the total length (75 stations). However, other 11 municipalities are served: Assago, Bussero, Cassina de' Pecchi, Cernusco sul Naviglio, Cologno Monzese, Gessate, Gorgonzola, Pero, Rho, Sesto San Giovanni, Vimodrone. The network covers about 20% of Milan's total area.
An urban single journey ticket costs €1.50, and is valid for buses, trams and suburban and metro lines inside the Milan municipality (urban fare limit). Other tickets are available, including 24h, 48h and night ticket. The cost of interurban tickets (for journeys outside the urban fare limits) depends on the journey and ranges from €1.90 to €4.10.
Between 2004 and 2007 ATM introduced Itinero smartcard, a proximity card which can be charged with season tickets, replacing paper for this type of tickets. At the beginning of 2010, a new smartcard, RicaricaMi, was introduced. The new card can be charged up with credit and can be used for travel in place of magnetic paper tickets, on the model of London's Oyster card. Different fare plans exist.
The service starts at about 6 am and ends at about 0:30. During Sundays and holidays service usually starts later and ends later, depending on the occasion. A night service during weekends is carried out by buses, following the same route and stopping at the same stations of the underground.
The first 3 lines are heavy rapid-transit lines, with 6-cars trains, about 105 m in length. Line 5 is a light rail line, with 4-cars trains, about 50 m long. The track gauge for all lines is the 1,435 mm (4 ft 8 1⁄2 in) standard gauge.
Most of the network has no platform screen doors, except for the newest line 5, where screen doors are present in all stations.
Lines 2 and 3 use overhead lines to supply the electric current to the train and are electrified at 1500 V. Line 1, electrified at 750 V, uses a fourth rail system, although the same line also supports overhead lines in some stretches and depots; this allows Line 2 and 3 trains to use Line 1 tracks to reach a depot placed on the line.
Stations are provided with LED screens showing the destination and waiting time of coming trains. In every station, a recorded voice announces the station at the platform. While older trains have no on-train information, new Meneghino trains and the driverless trains on lines 5 are equipped with LCD screens and recorded announcements in Italian and in English.
Mobile phone coverage
The future network
An expansion of the Line 1 from Sesto 1° Maggio to Monza Bettola, towards the city of Monza is currently under construction. The track will be 2 kilometres (1.2 mi) long with intermediate station at Sesto Restellone. The completion was originally scheduled for 2009. There is a proposal for a further expansion of Line 1 from Bisceglie to Baggio neighborhood: 3 km (1.9 mi) with intermediate station at Valsesia.
An extension of Line 2 from Cologno Nord to Vimercate is planned. The section will be 10.8 kilometres (6.7 mi) long with 6 stations (Brugherio, Carugate, Agrate Colleoni, Concorezzo, Vimercate Torri Bianche, Vimercate). The track will be mostly underground (83%).
Line 3 is planned to be extended on the south-east from San Donato Milanese to Paullo: 14.8 kilometres (9.2 mi) with intermediate stations in the city of San Donato, Peschiera Borromeo, Mediglia, Caleppio Cerca, Paullo and Paullo East, the first 3 being underground and the other on the surface. The project is currently on hold.
Since Milan won the bid for the World Exposition in 2015, the city received special funds for the construction of 2 new lines, Line 4 (probably blue) and Line 5 (lilac), which are going to be completed between 2013 and 2015.
|Lorenteggio||Linate Airport||2015||beyond 2020||15.2 km||21|
|Bignami||San Siro Stadium||2013
(first section already in operation)
The new Line 4 will run from the western suburb of Lorenteggio to the eastern side of the city to Linate Airport. The line has been approved by the Italian Government in March 2006, and funded in November 2009. Preliminary prospections begun in mid-2010, but the works had been put on hold again in April 2011 until autumn. Construction eventually started in late 2011. The construction of the whole line was approved by the city of Milan in November 2014. 
Line 5 is divided in two sections. The first section from the northern city limits (via Bignami) to Porta Garibaldi railway station opened between February 2013 and March 2014. This section comprises the connection with line M3 at Zara and to both M2 and suburban railways at Porta Garibaldi. The second section will stretch from Porta Garibaldi to San Siro Stadium running north-west of the city. This section is under construction and is expected to be completed by 2015.
Both Line 4 and 5 trains are completely automatic and driverless, employing AnsaldoBreda Driverless Metro trains fed through a third rail system, thus marking the third different feeding on Milan Metro (after the fourth rail of M1, and the catenary on M2 and M3).
- Transport in Milan
- Azienda Trasporti Milanesi
- Milan suburban railway network
- List of metro systems
- Lists of rapid transit systems
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