The Brescia Metro (Italian: Metropolitana di Brescia) is a rapid transit network serving Brescia, Lombardy, Italy. The network comprises one line, 13.7 kilometres (8.5 mi) long, with 17 stations from Prealpino to Sant´Eufemia-Buffalora. All 17 stations have platform edge doors.
The first projects for a metro in Brescia date back to 1980s, with the introduction of the first fully automatic light metro systems in other mid-size cities in Europe. Two feasibility studies were commissioned in 1987. The automatic light metro system was chosen as the best technology for the city. The first public tender was announced in 1989. But this project was then cancelled in 1996.
In 1994, the first application for public financing was issued. The public financing form the central government arrived in 1995, while other funds arrived in 2002 from the Region. The international public bid for the first phase of the project was announced in 2000. The winning proposal was from a group of companies comprising Ansaldo STS, AnsaldoBreda, Astaldi and Acciona, with a system similar to that of the Copenhagen metro.
A €575 million contract was awarded to a consortium led by Ansaldo STS in April 2003. Work started in January 2004, but archaeological finds caused delays and required station redesigns. The line opened on 2 March 2013.
With 18 vehicles currently in operation, the maximum ridership is 8,500 passengers per hour per direction, with a headway of 180 seconds.
Service starts at 5:00 with the last train departing at 24:00. The service has been extended starting from the first year of operation (2 March 2014). Train frequencies vary from 10 minutes (off peak) to 4 minutes (weekdays peak hours)
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