Quito Metro

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Quito Metro
Native name Metro de Quito
Locale Quito, Pichincha, Ecuador
Transit type Metro
Number of lines 1
Number of stations 15
Website Metro de Quito (in Spanish)
Operation will start July 2019 (projected)[1][2]
System length 22 km (14 mi)[3]
Track gauge 1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in) standard gauge
System map


The Quito Metro (Spanish: Metro de Quito), abbreviated as MDQ, is an underground rail mass transit system consisting of a single line that is under construction in Quito, the capital of Ecuador.


Construction on the main south and north station began December 2012. Construction of the metro line began January 2016. The metro is projected to be operational in July 2019.[4] [5][6]


The system's first line, which will include 15 stations, extends from Quitumbe (which is south of the city) to El Labrador (which is north of the city). The 15 stations on this line will be:[4]

  • Quitumbe
  • Morán Valverde
  • Solanda
  • Cardenal de la Torre
  • El Recreo
  • La Magdalena
  • San Francisco
  • La Alameda
  • El Ejido
  • Universidad Central
  • La Pradera
  • La Carolina
  • Iñaquito
  • Jipijapa
  • El Labrador

Only one of the stations, the one in Plaza de San Francisco (by the San Francisco monastery), will be placed in the historic center of Quito (declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1978).[5] Due to archaeological remains found at the proposed site of the San Francisco Station in late 2016, the station will be moved two blocks further south to Plaza 24th of May, and the remains will not be disturbed further.


  1. ^ "Acciona and Odebrecht consortium wins $1.5bn metro contract in Ecuador - Railway Technology". Railway-technology.com. Retrieved November 2, 2015. 
  2. ^ http://www.radiosucre.com.ec/a-mediados-del-2019-se-preve-estar-listo-el-metro-de-quito/
  3. ^ http://www.eluniverso.com/2011/06/22/1/1447/linea-metro-quito-sera-subterranea.html
  4. ^ a b "El Proyecto - Introducción" [The Project - Introduction] (in Spanish). Metro de Quito. Retrieved 2015-03-31. 
  5. ^ a b Osava, Mario (November 30, 2016). "Subway Will Modernise – and Further Gentrify – Historic Centre of Quito". Inter Press Service. Retrieved 2016-12-20. 
  6. ^ Salazar, Paul (December 5, 2016). "The Economic Recovery of Quito Takes the Subway". Working for a World Free of Poverty. World Bank. Retrieved 2016-12-20. 

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