Palma Metro

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Palma Metro
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Overview
Locale Palma, Majorca, Spain
Transit type Rapid transit/Light metro
Number of lines 2[1]
Number of stations 15[1]
Daily ridership 3,205 (average, 2013)
Annual ridership 1.17 million (2013)
Operation
Began operation 25 April 2007[2]
Operator(s) SFM
Number of vehicles 11 CAF SFM Series 71 & 81
Train length 2–3 cars
Headway M1: 15 or 30 minutes
M2: 20 minutes
Technical
System length M1: 7.2 km (4.5 mi)
M2: 8.35 km (5.2 mi)
15.5 km (9.6 mi) (total)
Track gauge 1,000 mm (3 ft 3 38 in)
Top speed 100 km/h (62 mph)
Map

Palma Metro (Catalan: Metro de Palma, Spanish: Metro de Palma [de Mallorca]) is a light metro system in Palma, Majorca, Spain. The initial line of the system, M1, consists of 7.2 kilometres (4.5 mi) of route[2] and nine stations,[1] and was constructed between 2005 and 2007 at cost of 312 million euros;[3] it opened for service on 25 April 2007.[2] In March 2013, an existing 8.35-kilometre (5.2 mi)[citation needed] and nine station rail line was bundled in to the metro's service as the system's M2 line.

In 2013, the Palma Metro carried 1.17 million passengers,[4] which corresponds to an average of 3,205 passengers per day.

Overview[edit]

The metro opened on 25 April 2007.[2] It runs from the city centre to University of the Balearic Islands, known locally as Universitat de les Illes Balears (UIB). Spanish authorities suspended operations on the line in September 2007 due to repeated flooding.[5] Services restarted on 28 July 2008 after a 46% cost overrun.[6] Due to the short length of Line M1, the journey from the Intermodal to UIB can be done in less than 20 minutes. Trains run daily from 06:35 to 21:55; headways are every 15 minutes during peak hours, and every 30 minutes at other times.[7]

In November 2012, Consorci de Transports de Mallorca (CTM) announced that a second rail line would be added to the Palma Metro system, operating on a route that would serve nine stations between Plaça d'Espanya (Intermodal station) and Marratxí station. The establishment of this new line would pose no cost since it would utilize the existing infrastructure of CTM's already-operating three rail lines. Revenue service on the M2 line began on 13 March 2013. Headways on the M2 line are generally 20 minutes throughout the day.[8] Because the M2 line operates on rail shared with Mallorca's three commuter rail lines,[9] it doesn't qualify as a true "metro standards" line like the M1 line does.

List of stations[edit]

Both M1 and M2 lines serve 9 stations; the first three of these stations are served by both lines, and thus operate transfer stations between the lines (as well as with Mallorca's three commuter rail lines):[1][9]

Line M1[7]
Plaça d'Espanya to UIB
7.2 km (4.5 mi)
9 stations
Line M2[8]
Plaça d'Espanya to Marratxí
8.35 km (5.2 mi)
9 stations
  • Plaça d'Espanya (Intermodal station)
  • Jacint Verdaguer
  • Son Fortesa / Son Costa
  • Son Fuster Vell
  • Son Castelló
  • Gran Via Asima
  • Camí dels Reis
  • Son Sardina (surface station)
  • UIB (University of the Balearic Islands)
  • Plaça d'Espanya (Intermodal station)
  • Jacint Verdaguer
  • Son Fortesa / Son Costa
  • Son Fuster
  • Verge de Lluc
  • Pont d'Inca
  • Pont d'Inca Nou
  • Polígon Marratxí
  • Marratxí

See Majorca rail network for a network map and timings.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Línies / Metro Palma" [Lines / Metro Palma] (in Catalan). TIB - Consorci de Transports de Mallorca (CTM). Retrieved 2014-05-14. 
  2. ^ a b c d "SFM network (then go to "Metro" page)". Serveis Ferroviaris de Mallorca (SFM). Retrieved 2014-05-14. 
  3. ^ "Diario de Mallorca - El precio final del metro subió 77 millones sobre lo reconocido". diariodemallorca.es es un (in Spanish). Editorial Prensa Ibérica. Retrieved 2014-05-16. 
  4. ^ "Estadística de Transporte de Viajeros" [Passenger Transport Statistics]. Ine.es (in Spanish). Instituto Nacional de Estadística [National Statistics Institute]. 2014. Retrieved 2013-08-17. 
  5. ^ "Mallorca Rail Development, Spain". Railway-Technology.com. Retrieved 2014-05-16. 
  6. ^ "Palma metro reopens on Monday amid row over 46% cost overrun". Majorca Daily Bulletin. 24 July 2008. Retrieved 2008-07-24. 
  7. ^ a b "Routes - Metro Palma - M1". TIB - Consorci de Transports de Mallorca (CTM). Retrieved 2014-05-16. 
  8. ^ a b "Routes - Metro Palma - M2". TIB - Consorci de Transports de Mallorca (CTM). Retrieved 2014-05-16. 
  9. ^ a b "SFM Network - Train & metro stations". Serveis Ferroviaris de Mallorca (SFM). Retrieved 2014-05-16. 

External links[edit]

Media related to Palma de Mallorca Metro at Wikimedia Commons