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Inauguration: Porto’s light rail system continues to grow

© André Crispim - Portal do Governo

On 28 June 2024, another section of the Porto metro went into operation: the “yellow” line D (Amarela) was extended by 3.1 km from the previous terminus Santo Ovídio over three stations southwards to Vila d’Este. One station, Manuel Leao, is in a tunnel, but the majority of the new line runs above ground, at an elevated level and using a complex bridge structure around 400 metres long. Alstom supplied the new signalling technology.

Travelling on the new line was free of charge for the first three days – an opportunity for the public to test it out. Total construction cost of the extension amounts to EUR 206 million.

Long bridge between Santo Ovidio and Manuel Leao on the extension to Villa d’Este | © Metro Porto (X)

The Porto metro is operated as a light rail system with low-floor bidirectional carriages. The network, which is now a good 73 km long, has been in operation in sections since 2002 and currently consists of the six lines A – F. Metro Porto carried around 79 million passengers in 2023. Next year, construction work is expected to be completed on the approximately 3.5 km long, purely underground, inner-city line G (“rosa”), which will connect the centrally located regional train station with the future Casa da Música transfer hub via four stops which will provide interchange with today’s lines A, B, C, and E and to a new line H in a few years’ time.

A map is available here:

The new exentsion of Line D | © Metro Porto (X)
On the new bridge | © Alstom
The new bridge to Villa d’Este | © Metro Porto (X)
Another new depot is built in Villa d’Este | © Metro Porto (X)
Construction works on future line G in the city centre | © Metro Porto (X)