Belo Horizonte Metro

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Belo Horizonte Metro
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Native nameMetrô de Belo Horizonte
LocaleBelo Horizonte, Minas Gerais, Brazil
Transit typeRapid transit
Number of lines1[1] (2 planned)
Number of stations19[1] (2 planned)
Annual ridership88.0 million[2]
WebsiteTrens Urbanos
de Belo Horizonte
Began operation1 August 1986; 33 years ago (1986-08-01)[3]
Number of vehicles35(10 new)
System length28.1 km (17.5 mi)[4]
Track gauge1,600 mm (5 ft 3 in)
Electrification3000 V DC overhead wires
Average speed40 km/h (25 mph)
Top speed80 km/h (50 mph)[4]

Belo Horizonte Metro (Portuguese: Metrô de Belo Horizonte) is a rapid transit system serving the city of Belo Horizonte, in the state of Minas Gerais in Brazil. The system has one 28.1-kilometre (17.5 mi) line[4] which serves 19 stations.[1] The Metro carried 64.9 million passengers in 2013,[2] or approximately 177,800 passengers per day. The system is operated by Companhia Brasileira de Trens Urbanos (CBTU). Two more lines are planned.


The first section of the metro opened on 1 August 1986.[3] At its opening, the Metro was 10.8 kilometres (6.7 mi) long and had six stations with three trains in operation. In 1987 the line was extended to Central station and two more trains were brought into use. The line was extended again several times in the mid-1990s, and finally once more in 2002 adding the last 5 of the current 19 stations.[3]

Further trains were delivered in the 1990s, with the last being delivered in December 2001, bringing the total number of trains to 25.[3]



Line Terminals Inauguration Length (km) Stations Length of trip (min) Operation
1 Eldorado ↔ Vilarinho 1 August 1986 28.1[4] 19[1] 44 minutes Daily, from 05:45 to 23:00

System characteristics[edit]

The trains are supplied by 3000 V DC overhead wires, and have a commercial speed of 40 km/h with a maximum speed of 80 km/h.[4] Track gauge is 1,600 mm (5 ft 3 in) (Irish gauge).

Future service[edit]

The transfer of the administration of Belo Horizonte Metro from Companhia Brasileira de Trens Urbanos to MetroMinas is yet to be discussed.

In early 2014, it was announced that the Belo Horizonte Metro will be expanded with two new lines by 2018, with new train cars, and two additional stations added to Line 1.[citation needed]

In September 2015, ten new train cars was introduced officially.

As of February 2016, the construction of Line 2 and 3 is yet to be announced.

Planned lines[edit]

Line Terminals Inauguration Length (km) Stations Length of trip (min) Posture
2 Nova Suiça ↔ Barreiro --- 17.5 7 --- Planned
3 Lagoinha ↔ São Inácio de Loyola --- 12.5 5 --- Planned

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d "Operação - Linha em operação" [Operations - Line in operation] (in Portuguese). CBTU - METRÔ BH. Archived from the original on 17 October 2013. Retrieved 16 September 2013.
  2. ^ a b
  3. ^ a b c d "Empresa - História" [Company - History] (in Portuguese). CBTU - METRÔ BH. Archived from the original on 21 October 2013. Retrieved 16 September 2013.
  4. ^ a b c d e "Operação - Dados operacionais" [Operations - Operational data] (in Portuguese). CBTU - METRÔ BH. Archived from the original on 21 August 2012. Retrieved 16 September 2013.

External links[edit]

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