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Operator FCE
System Type Metro
Year Opened 1999
# of Lines 1
# of Cars 2 2 car trains
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Stations 6
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1st Visit 4/00
Last Visit 9/00
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Transit > Europe > Italy > Catania Transit

Catania Metro

The Catania Metro opened the middle of 1999 and is 6 stops long. It replaces an old meter gauge surface line between Borgo in NW downtown Catania with the main train station and the Port. The line is operated by the same operator as the meter gauge line that it replaced.  The 4 underground stations are clean and nice. When I was there, the trains used were very old (former mainline stock). New cars have since arrived and are in operation. Trains are supposed to run every 15 minutes. I think they mean no more frequent than 15 minutes, more like every 30 minutes. The city is currently working on extending the line to city center. Maybe then it will have some affect on traffic. 

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cathr04x.jpg (41539 bytes)The entrance to the Italia Station. It was this stairway that caused me to realize that Catania had a metro (4/00). cta-hr10.jpg (38044 bytes)The Station entrance to the current western terminal at Borgo. (8/00)
cta-hr11.jpg (37908 bytes)The Turnstiles at the Borgo station. The right two are for tickets, the 3rd is for pass holders (no validator). (8/00) cathr05x.jpg (36299 bytes)This poster shows the new cars that are to arrive in 2001. Until that time the old mainline cars will serve as the shuttle. (4/00)
cta-hr12.jpg (34103 bytes)Galetea Station. This is the current eastern end of the subway section. Here the line diverges to single track to go up to the surface. (8/00) cathr02x.jpg (31862 bytes)Borgo Terminal is similar to the other stations, very clean and functional! (4/00)
cathr03x.jpg (37936 bytes)Train at the Porto Terminal. It is at the end of a very long single track section, causing service to be no better than every 15 minutes. (4/00) cathr01x.jpg (51914 bytes)A train is seen waiting at the Borgo Terminal (4/00)
cta-hr14.jpg (92608 bytes)A train is at Catania FS Station.  Note the shoreline. The mainline is to the right. (9/00) cta-hr13.jpg (45876 bytes)A view of the single track line along the Mediterranean, with the train pulling away. (9/00)

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