Metro de Porto, Portugal
The Porto Metro is a system of five light rail lines covering 60 km that was started in 2000 and completed over the next six years.
After finding our website, transit administrators from the city of Porto, Portugal, contacted Hamilton Light Rail to share their success at meeting many of the same challenges and questions that we face in Hamilton.
The Porto Metro (Metro de Porto) is a system of five light rail lines covering 60 km that was started in 2000 and completed over the next six years, with lines opening in 2002, 2004, 2005, and 2006. They
Porto itself is Portugal's second largest city (after Lisbon), with an urban population of 240,000 and a larger metro area of around 2,000,000 residents. The Metro connects the city with six suburban municipalities around it. It is also scheduled for further expansion in the future.
The system runs above ground on dedicated lanes outside the city, but runs underground in the hilly downtown core. It uses the "Andnate" ticketing system of rechargable RFID ticket cards.
Porto Metro has produced two videos promoting the system. The first is a brief overview and the second delves more into the specifications and statistics of the system.