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Brasília Metro
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Locale Brasília
Transit type Rapid transit
Number of lines 2
Number of stations 21 (+8)
Daily ridership 150.000
Operation
Began operation 2001
Operator(s) Companhia do Metropolitano do Distrito Federal
Technical
System length 42,3 km (26.0 mi)
Subway Station Galeria in Brasilia

Brasilia Metro is the metro system in Brasília. It is operated by Metro-DF (Companhia do Metropolitano do Distrito Federal) and was opened in 2001. The system has 22 stations on two lines, in operation from 06:00 to 23:30 Mondays to Fridays, and from 07:00 to 19:00 on weekends, and covering most of the metropolitan area. Its main problem is the sheer distance between stations, making it a small component of the transit system of Brasília. The community of Águas Claras is well served by the system, making it one of the fastest-growing areas of Brasília.

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History

The construction of the Brasilia Metro, which links Brasília to some cites of the Federal District ("Distrito Federal") began in 1992 and its first phases started working in 1999, but because of a backlog of work, the Metro was not opened on its originally scheduled date and time (21 April 1994 at 17:00). Work was finally finished in the beginning of 2001. The commercial service began in September that year. During the first months, the Metro operated only from 10:00 to 16:00 over 32 km of the network of 41 km. Five more stations were opened in 2008: 108 South, Guariroba, Ceilândia Centre, Ceilândia North and Ceilândia.

Characteristics of the System

Map of the system. Grey dots indicate unopened stations.

This system is formed by the Green and Orange lines. Both lines begin at the Central Bus Station in Brasília and run parallel until the station Aguas Claras. The Orange Line goes to the south, to Terminal Samambaia; and the Green Line follows to Ceilândia. The metro runs underground in Brasília and at Praça do Relógio, centre of Taguatinga. Other than that it runs on the surface. The Metro commercial speed is 45 km/h. The track gauge is 1600 mm and power is via third rail. Its stations are equipped with stairs and lifts.

Line Terminals Opened Length (km) Stations Length of trips (min) Operation
Green Central ↔ Ceilândia 31 March 2001 33 24 35 06:00 to 23:30 Mondays to Fridays; 07:00 to 19:00 on weekends
Orange Central ↔ Samambaia 31 March 2001 42 19 30 06:00 to 23:30 Mondays to Fridays; 07:00 to 19:00 on weekends

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