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by Andrea Tartaglia
The "metropolitan"1 city of Catania is one of the largest in Italy with almost 800.000 inhabitants (1.100.000 in the province) and its subway is the first in Sicily and one of the most modern in Italy. It was opened the 27th of June in 1999 and it's in operation since the 11th of July in 1999. Service is by FCE, Ferrovia Circumetnea, that works in Catania since the 19th century providing public transport from and to the chief town and other towns of the hinterland. The current subway consists of just one line serving six stations. The length of the line is increasing and there are many new stations under construction. In the next years there will be another service along the coast provided by RFI, Reti Ferroviarie Italiane, currently under construction.
SUBWAY - FERROVIA CIRCUMETNEA
The current map and the works in progress. Click on the picture to enlarge it.
|TRACK||STATUS||LENGTH||STATIONS||AVAILABLE FINANCES||NEEDED FINANCES||INAUGURATION|
|GALATEA-GIOVANNI XXIII||under construction||0,9 KMS||2||27,5 MLN EURO||12,5 MLN EURO||2008|
|GIOVANNI XXIII-STESICORO||under construction||1,0 KMS||2||36,1 MLN EURO||2010|
|STESICORO-VITT.EMANUELE||financing||1,3 KMS||3||90 MLN EURO||2015|
|VITT.EMANUELE-AEROPORTO||waiting for financing||5,6 KMS||7||335 MLN EURO||2016|
|BORGO-NESIMA||under construction||3,0 KMS||5||87,8 MLN EURO||2010|
|NESIMA-MISTERBIANCO||waiting for financing||3,9 KMS||5||40 MLN EURO||64 MLN EURO||2014|
|MISTERBIANCO-PATERNÒ||waiting for financing||11,5 KMS||7||170 MLN EURO||2016|
Borgo underground station3. Click on the pictures to enlarge them.
At the present time, four Firema trains, realized just for the catanese subway at the end of the '90s. They are in operation since 2001. Before three Breda/Fervet trains (E 105, 109, 110), from ex FCU, were used. Other four Firema trains are under construction.
A Firema train. Click on the picture to enlarge it.
|SINGLE TICKET||€ 0,80||90 MINS||
including travel from/to Borgo and Lineri stations
|SEASON TICKET||€ 8,00||1 MONTH|
h 7.00 - 20.45; only weekdays. No service on Sundays (except in case of events).
URBAN RAILWAY - RETI FERROVIARIE ITALIANE
Cannizzaro-Bicocca: north-south coast line (Cannizzaro - Ognina - Picanello - Europa - Stazione Centrale2 - Duomo - Acquicella - Fontanarossa2 - Bicocca)
largest urban areas in Italy are called "aree metropolitane" or "città
2- Connecting to subway.
3- Thanks to Mark Kavanagh for the Borgo pictures.
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