Monterrey Metro

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Sistema de Transporte Colectivo Metrorrey
Metrorrey.svg
Background
Owner Nuevo León state government
Locale Monterrey, Nuevo León, México
Transit type Rapid transit
Number of lines 2[1]
Number of stations 31[1]
Daily ridership 446,100[2]
Operation
Began operation 1991 (line 1)[3]
1994 (line 2)[3]
Operator(s) Sistema de Transporte Colectivo Metrorrey
Number of vehicles 40[2]
Technical
System length 32 km (20 mi)[2]
System map

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The Monterrey Metro (also referred to as Metrorrey) is a fully grade-separated light rail, or metro, system in Monterrey, Nuevo León, Mexico. It is the newest of Mexico's metro systems, with operation beginning in 1991.[3] As of October 2008, the system operated 40 high-floor electric trains,[2] along a total system length of 32 km (20 mi).[2] The system's two lines transported approximately 156.9 million passengers in 2012, with a Q1 2013 monthly ridership average of 13,382,700, which corresponds to an average daily passenger load of 446,100 passengers in the first quarter of 2013.[2]

Lines[edit]

The Monterrey Metro, officially known as Metrorrey has two lines with 31 stations.[1]

Line 1, which opened on April 25, 1991,[3] has 19 stations, runs through the center of the city from the north-west to the eastern part of the Monterrey Metropolitan Area. The line is 18.5 km long,[citation needed] runs parallel to the former 1887 Topo Chico tramline and is grade-separated as it runs on an elevated structure. A complete ride along this line takes about 27 minutes[citation needed]. Line 1 is linked to line 2 at Cuauhtémoc station, located downtown.

Line 2 has 13 stations and is also fully grade-separated, partially on an aerial structure and partially subterranean. The first six-station segment, opened on November 30, 1994,[3] was 4.5 km long and runs underground. Construction on a USD 200 million expansion of Line 2 began on August 8, 2005.[3] The first segment of the expansion opened on October 31, 2007,[3] and added an additional three stations to the line. The second segment of the expansion was inaugurated on October 9, 2008[3] by Nuevo León Governor Natividad González Parás and Mexican president Felipe Calderón, and added an additional four stations to the line. This last segment runs on an aerial structure in the center of Avenida Universidad. The completed 12.5 km route[citation needed] runs from Sendero to the Macroplaza with a station at the Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León.[4]

Passengers[edit]

According to Mexico's National Institute of Statistics, Geography and Informatics, Metrorrey carried 136.6 million passengers in 2009 and an average daily passenger load of 370,600 passengers in the fourth quarter of 2009.[citation needed] Based on the 2013 figures, Metrorrey is the most widely used light rail system in North America, surpassing even Calgary's C-Train and the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority's Green Line in Boston.[5]

Transmetro[edit]

Metrorrey also has a bus system that uses exclusive and obligatory stops along its route. It has nine lines. On Metrorrey Line 1 there are four Transmetro lines, three in Talleres station and one in Exposición station. On Line 2 there are five more Transmetro lines, two at San Nicolas (Santo Domingo and Las Puentes) and three more at Sendero (Montreal, Fomerrey, and Apodaca). There is no additional fee, other than the standard Metro Ticket, to use Transmetro.

Travel fare[edit]

The following are the travel fares as of 2010.

  • Single Trip - MXN4.50 (~USD0.33)
  • 2 Trips - MXN8.50 (~USD0.60)
  • 4 Trips - MXN16.00 (~USD1.20)
  • 5 Trips - MXN20.00 (~USD1.40)
  • 6 Trips - MXN24.00 (~USD1.70)
  • Metrobus - MXN7.50 (~USD0.55)

Currently the entrance is for free on Sundays.

Metrorrey also offers "Boletos Multiviaje" (multitrip tickets). These tickets are intended for recurrent users and they are sold in denominations ranging from 15 to 85 trips.

Since the opening of the extension of the Line 2, Metrorrey began offering the "Mia" Card, a rechargeable card that can be loaded with multiple trip credits. The "Mia" card can be initially purchased for MXN30 (including 8 trips) and can be recharged in increments ranging from MXN1 to MXN300.

From January 2010, the card has a cost of MXN20 and MXN100 top recharge.

On May 16, 2009, Nuevo León governor Natividad González Parás announced that Metrorrey would be free for the next 60 days, as part of a program to reduce the effects of the economic downturn on citizens.[6]

Future service[edit]

Although the Nuevo León Government performed studies to determine where a new Line 3 should be built, those plans were ultimately discarded when then 2012 presidential candidate, Enrique Peña Nieto promised to build new Lines 3 and 4 within his term. This plan shows that Line 3 will depart from current Line 2 terminal, General Anaya station, and will run underground through the Barrio Antiguo neighborhood. This line will then run in an elevated track outside the city center, with its terminus being the Metropolitan Hospital at the border between San Nicolás and Apodaca, and serving a total of nine stations.[citation needed]

Gallery[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Red Metro" [Metro Network (map)] (jpg) (in Spanish). Sistema de Transporte Colectivo Metrorrey. Retrieved 2013-08-06. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f "Comunicaciones y transportes - Principales características del sistema de transporte colectivo metrorrey". Banco de Información Económica - Instituto Nacional de Estadísitica y Geografía (INEGI). Retrieved 2013-08-06. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h "Sistema de Transporte Colectivo - Metrorrey - Historia" [System of Collective Transport - Metrorrey - History] (in Spanish). Sistema de Transporte Colectivo Metrorrey. Retrieved 2013-08-06. 
  4. ^ "Siemens AG References". Siemens AG. Retrieved 2008-07-09. [dead link]
  5. ^ "APTA - Transit Ridership Report - First Quarter 2013 - Light Rail" (PDF). American Public Transportation Association. May 24, 2013. p. 3-4. Retrieved 2013-07-13. 
  6. ^ http://www.milenio.com/node/216018[dead link]

External links[edit]

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