MetroCentro (Seville)

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MetroCentro
The tram passing through San Fernando Street
Overview
Locale Seville, Spain
Transit type Tram
Number of lines 1
Number of stations 5
Website http://www.tussam.es/
Operation
Began operation 2007[1]
Operator(s) TUSSAM
Character At grade, street running
Number of vehicles 4 Urbos 3 trams
Technical
System length 2 km (1.2 mi)
Track gauge 1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in) standard gauge
Average speed 10 km/h (6.2 mph)
System map

Plaza Nueva
Archivo de Indias
Puerta Jerez Símbolo del Metro de Sevilla.svg
Prado de San Sebastian Símbolo del Metro de Sevilla.svg
San Bernardo Cercanias Logo.svg Símbolo del Metro de Sevilla.svg
San Francisco Javier (planned)
Eduardo Dato (planned)
Luis De Morales (planned)
Santa Justa (planned) Cercanias Logo.svg Renfe
MetroCentro tram in Plaza Nueva

MetroCentro is a tram system serving the centre of the city Seville, in Andalusia, Spain. It began operating in October 2007.[1] The tram is operated by TUSSAM (Transportes Urbanos de Sevilla, Sociedad Anónima Municipal), which is a municipally owned corporation tasked with the operation of the bus and tram system of Seville.

The tram has connections with the Seville Metro and Cercanías Sevilla (commuter rail).

Overview[edit]

At the present time, the service consists of just five stops, Plaza Nueva, Archivo de Indias, Puerta de Jerez, Prado de San Sebastián and San Bernardo, as part of Phase I of the project. The service is expected to be extended to Santa Justa AVE station, including four new stops: San Francisco Javier, Eduardo Dato, Luis de Morales and Santa Justa. This Phase II was due to start in late 2008, but was postponed until 2018. City council gave priority to extending the lines of the Seville Metro.

The project works began in Mid-2005 and its first phase was completed by Autumn 2007. It covers 1.4 km and is served by 7 Urbos trams, all of which were manufactured by the Spanish company Construcciones y Auxiliar de Ferrocarriles.

Movement without catenary[edit]

A tram passing the Cathedral in 2014

From the start it was envisaged that part of the Metrocentro system should be able to run free from using the overhead contact wire for power. The city had initially forecast that the catenaries would be removed from the area surrounding the cathedral by 2008.[2] On several occasions the City of Seville administration had to dismantle the overhead wires to allow, at Easter, processions to pass without restriction; the builder of the rolling stock paid the extra cost for this.

Initially, the system operated using the vehicles of the Seville Metro, which did not start operating until 2009.[1] The final system, which is now in use since the Holy Week in 2011, uses a technology called ACR (Acumulador de Carga Rápida), which are fast charging batteries that were developed and patented by the Spanish company CAF.[2] [3]

Expansion plans[edit]

The Seville city government announced in March 2018 that the tram line would be extended from its current terminus at San Bernardo station to the Santa Justa train station, facilitating transfers with high-speed AVE and other intercity lines.[4] The extension would be tunneled for a short distance on Avenida de Ramón y Cajal to Avenida San Francisco Javier and otherwise run in the median of the street. In total, four additional stops would be added to the line. The project is projected to cost 49 million euros with completion in 2020.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Ameneiro, Ana Sánchez (2017-11-19). "El tranvía: 10 años de la obra que transformó el centro". Diario de Sevilla. Retrieved 2018-05-17. 
  2. ^ a b Ameneiro, A. S. (2018-04-05). "Adiós a las catenarias en la Catedral". Diario de Sevilla. Retrieved 2018-06-03. 
  3. ^ "CAF desarrolla el tranvía sin catenarias y espera implantarlo en Sevilla en marzo de 2010". Diario de Sevilla. 2009-01-20. Retrieved 2018-06-03. 
  4. ^ Martos, Elena (2018-03-03). "La ampliación del Metrocentro de Sevilla tendrá cuatro paradas y un túnel". ABCdesevilla. Retrieved 2018-06-03.