On 8 September the Barcelona operator TMB opened Line 10 South, a new line which uses newly built infrastructure and existing track shared with L9 South, which opened in 2016.
The new metro line currently has five stations. The trains run every 7’20” and take nine minutes to cover the 4.5 kilometres that separate the terminus stations Foc (Barcelona) and Collblanc (L’Hospitalet), of which 2.5km represent a new section of track and 2km that are shared with L9 South. There is also a 1.6km long double-track tunnel that the trains use to change direction, meaning that the entire operation extends over a distance of 6.1km.
With the opening of Line 10 South, the total automated sections of the Barcelona metro network are 33km long.
The Barcelona metro is the second largest in Spain in terms of size and demand. The new line takes it to some of the last residential areas of the city that lacked access to the urban rail network.
Bogota’s first metro line, announced in November 2017, will be designed for fully automated operations (FAO).
On 6 August, Metro de Bogotá launched the process to select the company or companies to build the infrastructure, procure trains, operate and maintain the line. This process is expected to take one year.
Due to start operations in 2024, phase 1 of the line will be 24km long and will connect Portal Américas to Avenida Caracas. It will have 16 stations, including 10 interchanges with the TransMilenio bus rapid transit system.
The project is set to cost a total of $4.4bn (approx. €3.9bn), to be jointly financed by the Inter-American Development Bank, the World Bank (International Bank for Reconstruction & Development) and the European Investment Bank.
The new line will be elevated. The proposal for an underground metro was abandoned due to cost and extra time need for the construction works. The fleet for phase 1 is to be composed of 23 trains.
Designs for phase 2, if they are approved and financed, would take the line further to 127th Street (Calle 127e).
A consortium of South Korea’s train manufacturer Hyundai Rotem, Taiwan’s construction company BES Engineering and Siemens will deliver, on a turnkey basis, the electrical and mechanical solutions for the Green Line metro in the city of Taoyuan, in Taiwan.
The Green Line will be 27.8 kilometers long and will have 21 stations. It will link to Taoyuan International Airport. Around 12.5 kilometers of the line will be underground and roughly 15.3 kilometers elevated.
Siemens’ share of the project comprises the Trainguard MT CBTC system, traction drives for the trains and the direct-current traction power supply. The metro line’s signaling system will enable unattended train operation (Grade of Automation 4).
Construction of its elevated section will start in October this year, announced Chen Wen De, Director General of the Department of Rapid Transit Systems at the Taoyuan City Government.
Headways of 90 seconds or less will be achieved with moving block operation, combined with continuous bidirectional radio communication.
Two line extensions, to Daxi with three stations and to Chungli with seven stations, are planned.
UITP publishes a new infographic on the 1,000km of fully automated metros reached in March 2018.
On 12 May the fully automated line C of Rome metro was extended to the station of San Giovanni, connecting it to line A and so to the rest of the metro network.
This represents an important step for the attractiveness of the line, which opened for revenue operation in November 2014 and now consists of 22 stations and about 18.5 km.
San Giovanni station is first of the three foreseen interchange hubs with other lines. Besides its importance for transport, it is notable for its architectural features, which comprise display cases with archaeological findings that emerged during the construction, writings and images on the walls linking each level of the station with the historic age corresponding to its depth.
The next step for the construction of the line will be a further extension of two other stations and the connection to line B foreseen for 2020.
TV show on the station and archeological findings (in Italian): click here (necessary to register)
Source: ATAC Roma