Cercanías Zaragoza

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Cercanias Zaragoza
Cercanias Logo.svg
Overview
LocaleZaragoza, Utebo, Casetas
Transit typeCommuter rail
Number of lines1+1 Proposed [1]
Number of stations6
Annual ridership295.000 [2]
WebsiteCercanías Zaragoza
Operation
Began operation11 June 2008; 11 years ago (2008-06-11)
Operator(s)Renfe Operadora
Host railroadsAdif
CharacterTraditional track structure
Number of vehicles2 (+1 backup) [3]
Train length3 cars
Headway1 Hour
Technical
System length16.6 km (10.3 mi)
No. of tracks2
Track gauge1,668 mm (5 ft 5 2132 in) (Iberian gauge)
Electrification3kV DC Catenary
Top speed120 km/h (75 mph)

Cercanías Zaragoza is the name given to the Renfe operated commuter train service in and around the city of Zaragoza, in Aragon, Spain.

There is currently one line, running from Miraflores to Casetas. Trains run once an hour off-peak, with extra trains in the peaks. The second Cercanías line, along with extra stations on the original line, is in the process of being constructed.[4]

Line C1[edit]

Cercanias Logo.svg Line C1
Casetas Station Parking
Utebo Station ParkingBus interchange
Zaragoza-Delicias[ ParkingHandicapped/disabled accessBus interchangeMainline rail interchangeRenfe AVE.svg
Zaragoza-El Portillo
Zaragoza-Goya Bus interchangeTram interchange
Zaragoza-Miraflores ParkingBus interchange

The line C1 goes from Casetas to Miraflores making 4 stops including the main station Zaragoza Delicias. It is the only line in the system.

  • Casetas: it is the first station of the line. Casetas is a suburban neighborhood of Zaragoza, located at about 10 km from the city. The neighborhood has a population of about 15,000 inhabitants.
Train arriving at Casetas station
  • Utebo: it is one of the most used stations in the line. The station, despite being small, is located in the center of the town of Utebo, a commuter town independent of the city.
Utebo station
  • Zaragoza-Delicias: it is the main railway station of the city, an important stop for long-distance and AVE (high-speed) trains. It is located in the most populated district of the city, Delicias.
Cercanías train bound for Miraflores station at Zaragoza-Delicias
  • Portillo: it is the second stop in the city. Once the biggest and most important station in the city, nowadays it is located underground and has ground access. Some national trains also stop in this station.
  • Zaragoza-Goya: it is the second most important station in the city and the most used in this line. Located in the center of the city, has connection to the tram system, which makes it easier for tourists to move around. Since it is an underground station too, there is a modern-style ground access in one of the most important avenues in Zaragoza.
  • Miraflores [es]: it is the last station of the line. It is located in the left side of the city, next to the Príncipe Felipe stadium.

Frequency[edit]

The trains in this line run once an hour, but in Peak hour, from 7 to 9:30am and from 17:00 to 18:30 the trains run every 30 minutes, with one train added to the line. Since the Zaragoza-Goya station was opened, regional trains passengers can go to the line C1.

Statistics[edit]

Since 2012 the passenger number went up by 44%, specially because the Zaragoza-Goya station was opened and it has connections with the Zaragoza tram. That year 343.000 people traveled this line. The line only has 7.26% of occupancy,with the average being 23 passengers per train, being the least profitable city of the network [5]

Line C2[edit]

In 2017 the aragonese government proposed a second line. It will go from the highway N-IIa to the Miguel Servet street and then it will branch to Compromiso de Caspe/c/Rodrigo Rebolledo and to the San Jose Avenue/Paseo del Canal It will also be the tram line 2, a system like in Alicante.

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