Metro, light rail and tram systems in Europe

Produced as part of UITP’s cooperation with the European Rail Research Advisory Council, this publication provides a picture of the metro and light rail systems running in Europe. Information is presented in aggregated form for the countries participating in the study. It includes information on the length of the network, the number of lines in operation, the rolling stock of vehicles and, where this is the case, planned improvements, extensions and replacements.

Metro Automation in 2013

This report presents the latest trends in the use of fully automated metro vehicles, without staff on board. Automation of metro trains is steadily increasing, with systems currently being operated in South America, the Middle East, North America, Europe and Asia.

Metros: Keeping pace with 21st century cities

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148 cities around the world have a metro system, adding up to nearly 540 metro lines, 9,000 stations and 11,000 kilometres of line infrastructure. Two-thirds of these systems are located in Asia and Europe, while Eurasia, Latin America and North America have roughly 10% each. The Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region currently accounts for 4% of the world’s metro systems. Together, the world’s metro systems carry 150 million passengers per day, moving the rough equivalent of Bangladesh’s entire population, the 8th most populous country in the world (...)

Tehran: city metro network undergoing massive expansion

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The municipality of Tehran plans to expand the city’s metro network by upgrading its infrastructure and creating a further 8 lines of urban metro, metro link and suburban lines by 2025.

There are approximately 152km of railway lines and 87 stations currently in operation in Tehran, including lines 1, 2, 4 and 5, as well as the southern and middle sections of line 3. There are 200km of urban and suburban lines under construction.

Monthly focus: transport modes

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Over the past few weeks we’ve been concentrating on the topic of integration and how a well-designed integrated mobility plan contribute to creating seamless travel experiences for citizens. This month, we are going to concentrate on the next logical step: travel modes.

Over recent years, public transport has registered big ridership increases, not only in cities with sophisticated systems, but also in many large cities in developing or emerging countries. The question is, then: which modes should planners choose?


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