Recife Metro

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Recife Metro
Metrorec - Estação Imbiribeira 2 - Recife, Pernambuco, Brasil.jpg
Native name Metrô do Recife
Locale Recife, Pernambuco, Brazil
Transit type Rapid transit
Number of lines 3 (plus one commuter rail line)
Number of stations 28[1]
Daily ridership 225,000 (Metro only)[1]
Website CBTU-STU Recife
Began operation 1985
Operator(s) Superintendência de Trens Urbanos de Recife
Number of vehicles 25[1]
Train length 4 cars[1]
Headway 4.75–7 minutes (Center Line)[1]
16 minutes (South Line)[1]
System length 39.5 km (24.5 mi)[1]
Track gauge 1,600 mm (5 ft 3 in)[1]
System map
Map of the Recife Metro network (including diesel commuter rail line).

The Recife Metro (Portuguese: Metrô do Recife, commonly called Metrô) is the metro system for the city of Recife in Brazil. It is operated by CBTU/Metrorec, and currently serves 28 stations along 39.5 kilometers (24.5 mi) of route.[1]


System characteristics[edit]

Recife Metro is currently formed by the Central Line (further divided into two lines) and the South line.

The three lines of Recife Metro.

The stations were designed with a caution to include various forms of identification. Besides the service of audio messages announcing the name of the stop, there is a different colour used on the walls of every station and their signs are equipped with graphical symbols next to the name which always accompany the maps spread in the buildings.

Trains of the Center Line leaving the station Recife have two distinct destinations: the cities of Camaragibe and of Jaboatão dos Guararapes. This is due to the fact that lines Center-1 (Camaragibe) and Center-2 (Jaboatão) share the part of the railway between Recife and Coqueiral stations, reusing the route of an old railway track where the metro system was built.

In Lines of Metrorec the average distance between stations is of 1.2 kilometers (0.7 mi), hence the typical speed of the train is 40 km/h (25 mph), while the maximum speed is 90 km/h (56 mph).[1] The gauge is 1,600 mm (5 ft 3 in) (Irish gauge) and energy supply for trains is done through aerial catenary.[1]

The system originally had a total of 25.2 kilometers (15.7 mi) of route. After completion of the expansion of the network that occurred from February 2005 to March 2009, the metro grew to its current 39.5 kilometers (24.5 mi) in length.[1]

There is also a 31.5-kilometer (19.6 mi) meter gauge (1,000 mm (3 ft 3 38 in)) diesel commuter rail line in Recife.[1] The system also includes several bus lines linked from the terminals of bus/metro integration designated S.E.I (Sistema Estrutural Integrado - Integrated Structural System ), through which a passenger can continue their travel on the same ticket.[2]


Line Terminals Start date Length Stations Duration (min) Schedule
Center - 1 RecifeCamaragibe 11 March 1985 --- 14 28 Daily, 5 AM to 11 PM
Center - 2 RecifeJaboatão 29 August 1987 --- 14 24 Daily, 5 AM to 11 PM
South Recife ↔ Cajueiro Seco 28 February 2005 14.3 km 13 25[3] Daily, 5 AM to 11 PM
Total (C1+C2+S) 39.5 km[1] 28[1] --- ---
Commuter rail

In addition, Recife also has a meter gauge[1] (1,000 mm (3 ft 3 38 in)) diesel commuter rail line:

Line Terminals Start date Length Stations Duration (min) Schedule
Diesel commuter rail* Cabo ↔ Curado in Recife 1988 31.5 km[1] 8[1] 54 Monday to Saturday,
5 AM to 8 PM

(*) The diesel train isn't included in the metro service, even though it under the same administrative company.


Center - C1 Center - C2 South Line - S Diesel Train - DT
1 Recife SEI Recife SEI Recife SEI Curado C1
2 Joana Bezerra* SEI Joana Bezerra* SEI Joana Bezerra* SEI Jorge Lins
3 Afogados SEI Afogados SEI Largo da Paz SEI Marcos Freire
4 Ipiranga Ipiranga Imbiribeira Cajueiro Seco SEI, S
5 Mangueira Mangueira Antonio Falcão Ângelo de Souza
6 Santa Luzia SEI Santa Luzia SEI Shopping Center Recife Pontezinha
7 Edgar Werneck Edgar Werneck Tancredo Neves SEI Ponte dos Carvalhos
8 Barro SEI Barro SEI Aeroporto - Airport SEI Santo Inácio
9 Tejipió Tejipió Porta Larga Cabo SEI
10 Coqueiral** Coqueiral** Monte dos Guararapes
11 Alto do Céu Cavaleiro SEI Prazeres SEI
12 Curado DT Floriano Cajueiro Seco SEI, DT
13 Rodoviária-Coach station Engenho Velho
- Cosme e Damião***
14 Camaragibe SEI Jaboatão

OBS.: SEI means integration with local buses; (*)C1, C2 and S runs in the some line until J. Bezerra; (**) C1 e C2 runs in the some line until Coqueiral; (***)under construction

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