Milan Metro Line 2

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     M2
Milano linea M2.svg
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Overview
Type Rapid Transit
System Milan Metro
Status operational
Locale Milan, Italy
Termini Abbiategrasso
Assago Milanofiori Forum
Gessate
Cologno Nord
Stations 35
Daily ridership 360,000 (2012)[1]
Operation
Opening 27 September 1969
Operator(s) Azienda Trasporti Milanesi
Rolling stock UdT (various series)
AnsaldoBreda Meneghino
Technical
Line length 39.4 km (24.5 mi)
Track gauge 1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in) standard gauge
Route map
Milano mappa M2 2011-02-20.svg

The Milan Metro Line 2 (Linea Due in Italian), is a subway line serving Milan, Italy, operated by ATM and part of the Milan Metro. It is also called Green Line, (Linea Verde in Italian), as it is visually identified by green signs.

The line runs from the southern to the north-eastern neighborhoods passing through the city centre, serving the north-eastern metropolitan area with two different branches. The line is 39.4 km (24.5 mi) long and has 35 stations. Line 2 is the longest line of the Milan Metro and is the only one running partially overground. Northern branches run mostly on viaducts and southern Assago branch runs on the surface.

The line has the southernmost and easternmost stations on the network (Assago Forum and Gessate).

History[edit]

Opening poster for the new line

The first part of the line, from Caiazzo to Cascina Gobba, was opened on September 1969.

The interurban sections of Line 2 were originally built as part of a fast tramway, the Linee celeri dell'Adda ("Adda fast lines"), opened in 1968 from Cimiano up to Gorgonzola. After few years, in 1972, the section was included in the newly born Metro line. The same section was extended in 1985 up to Gessate, the present terminus.

Timeline[edit]

Date Opening
27 September 1969 Caiazzo - Cascina Gobba
27 April 1970 Caiazzo - Centrale
12 July 1971 Centrale - Porta Garibaldi
4 December 1972 Cascina Gobba - Gorgonzola
3 March 1978 Porta Garibaldi - Cadorna
7 June 1981 Cascina Gobba - Cologno Nord
30 October 1983 Cadorna - Porta Genova
13 April 1985 Gorgonzola - Gessate, Porta Genova - Romolo
1 November 1994 Romolo - Famagosta
17 March 2005 Famagosta - Abbiategrasso
20 February 2011 Famagosta - Milanofiori Forum

Rolling stock[edit]

There are 2 types of trains in service on the line. The first type is the ET245, which was introduced in 1969 with the opening of the line and was the first train operated on Line 2. ET245 are formed by three-car consists, with Bo-Bo powered units at both ends and a car between them; normally, two consists are coupled to form a single train. This series came in two different versions for urban and suburban routes. The first had 8 doors per car and regular seats, while the latter was equipped with only 6 doors per car and more seats. Original ET245 trains are still in service on the line. Of these, some have been renewed in latest years.

The second type in operation is the new AnsaldoBreda Meneghino train. The first train was introduced in April 2009, and they are going to replace the old trains completely in few years.

Planned extensions[edit]

An extension on the north from Cologno to Vimercate is planned.[3] The new section was expected to be completed by 2015, before the Expo, but works were halted due to lack of funds.[4]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "Area C rilancia i mezzi pubblici è boom di passeggeri sul metrò". la Repubblica. 19 September 2012. Retrieved 28 October 2012. 
  2. ^ "Schema rete". ATM - Azienda Trasporti Milanesi. Retrieved 19 October 2011. 
  3. ^ http://www.urbanfile.it/index.asp?ID=3&SID=459
  4. ^ "Vimercate, "Tante firme per far partire la metropolitana"". Il Giorno. 24 August 2011. Retrieved 29 November 2011. 

Bibliography[edit]

  • Giorgio Meregalli: Gli impianti ferroviari della linea 2 della metropolitana di Milano. In: ″Ingegneria Ferroviaria″, May 1971, p. 469–492.

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