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Finally: Metro Quito back in operation!

After months of interruption, the new, first metro line in Ecuador’s capital Quito stared passenger service on 1 December 2023.

An official opening had already taken place on 21 December 2022 in the presence of numerous political celebrities. After several months of testing, passenger service began on 2 May 2023, initially limited to peak times. Technical problems and subsequent political disputes led to the interruption of scheduled services after just a few days, on 11 May 2023.

© Metro Quito on X
Station design similar to Metro Madrid which was involved as consultant | © Martin Pallares @Martinminguchi on X
© Metro Quito on X

But now the metro is finally up and running! The line is 22 kilometres long and serves 15 stations from El Labrador to Quitumbe. 18 six-section metro trains had been supplied by Spanish manufacturer CAF and operate the service.  Another route map can be found here:


We have already presented the new system here: