On 10 February a new fully automated Line M5 started operation in Milano, Italy. The new line runs through 4.1 km and serves 7 stations, from Bignami to Zara.
The line is being built by the Metro 5 SpA consortium, which will operate and maintain the new stretch for a period of 25 years.
In 2013, all metro cars on the RATP Line 1 are now driverless. This completes the conversion of the oldest line on the Paris metro network.
Line 1 has been automated since November 2011, but both new driverless cars as well as traditional cars circulated during a transition phase.
The transition phase was one of the biggest challenges during the course of the automation project. RATP ensured the complete safety of the people working in areas where both automated and non-automated trains were operated: drivers accessing trains in the garage area; maintenance staff working on trains; supervisors managing incidents on the line, etc. Read more →