Quito’s New Metro!

Metro de Quito

Metro de Quito



Construction started on the first Metro station in Quito during November 2012.
The second phase of the project, that includes the construction of a 22-kilometer tunnel and the remaining stations, will start in August of 2013 and will finish after 36 months; the total cost will come to $1.5 billion.

During the time of construction of Quito’s Metro, transportation “will not be greatly affected because the project is mainly underground, therefore on the surface the interruptions are going to be minimal and brief,” said Carlos Páez, Secretary of Transportation of the Metropolitan District of Quito.

I do hope the station on the Plaza San Francisco will be sympathetic to the environment. I went to an exhibition held in a markee on the plaza yesterday and learned the following facts and figures:

Journey – 22 kms (El Labrador to Quitumbe)

Time – 34 minutes (El Labrador to Quitumbe)

Average speed – 37 kms an hour

Maximum Speed – 100 kms an hour

Capacity – 1500 passengers per train

Stations – 15 (plus 5 “reserve” stations to take into account future demand). All with universal accessability.

Fleet – 18 trains comprising six wagons each

Total estimated cost – $1,500,000,000

What a difference it should make to getting around the city!

Map of the Stations

Map of the Stations

Plaza San Francisco

Plaza San Francisco

Plaza San Francisco, artist's impression

Plaza San Francisco, artist’s impression

Replica of a Metro Train

Replica of a Metro Train

Metro Exposición

Metro Exposición

Plaza San Francisco

Plaza San Francisco

Denizen of the Plaza San Francisco

Denizen of the Plaza San Francisco

6 thoughts on “Quito’s New Metro!

  1. I can’t wait. Traffic is getting a big problem to get from A to B, mo matter what time or what day. Hope it’s not going to be too late since more and more people seems to get a car those days.

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