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Old August 19th, 2009, 10:17 PM   #1
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VALENCIA (SPAIN) | Public Transport

Valencia is a city in spain with a population of 810, 000 and a metropolitan population exceding 1.7 million, and is the third largest city in Spain.

Ok i'll start with the metro:



.Opened 8th of october as FGV
.Then extended and rebranded as Metro Valencia in May 1995
.175,34 km long
.Consists of three metro lines and two tram lines
.Amount of passengers in 2008: 68,275,486
.82 Metro trains and 44 Trams
.169 stations
.Gauge width: 1000 mm
.Current system: 750 V DC / 1500 V DC, overhead wire

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Older type of train:

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My favorite station: Alameda (Also designed by Calatrava)

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Old August 22nd, 2009, 01:43 AM   #2
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That Caltrava station is beyond awesome. OMG ^_^
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Old August 22nd, 2009, 09:16 PM   #4
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Why does it say "Dejen salir" on top of the doors? It should be "Dejad salir".
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Old August 23rd, 2009, 11:51 PM   #5
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it´s ok: dejen salir (ustedes)
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Old August 24th, 2009, 03:12 AM   #6
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Why does it say "Dejen salir" on top of the doors? It should be "Dejad salir".
No, becuase in a formal sentences you should use de conjugation ustedes

I - yo
you - tu
he/she/it - el/ella/eso
we - nosotros
you - vosotros
you (formal, educated form) - usted
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Old August 26th, 2009, 12:49 PM   #7
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I assume this metro system is based on the tramway network, right? Hence the meter gauge I guess. Is ist a 'true' metro system which is fully grade-seperated or a lightrail system?
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Old August 26th, 2009, 02:13 PM   #8
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Lines 1, 3 and 5 are a "true" metro system inside the city of Valencia. In the outskirts, lines 1 and 3 are most likely to be considered as suburban lines, with single-track sections, but they are not tramway lines. Line T4 is just a tramway, whereas line T6 has a little underground section (shared with the short T5 line) and future line T2 will be a lightrail line underground in the city centre but above ground in the area of the harbour and the nord of the city, like the stadtbahn of some German cities.
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Old January 31st, 2010, 08:23 PM   #9
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VALENCIA | Public Transport




METRO VALENCIA






Valencia is the third largest city in spain and has a population of around 811,000 (1,700,000-2,000,000 in metro). Its main festival (Las Fallas) is world-renowned, as is its main dish, paella. Its central landmark is the City of Arts and Sciences (Valenciano: Ciutat de les Arts i les Ciencies)




FACTS


Owner: Ferrocarrils de la Generalitat Valenciana

Locale: Valencia, Spain

Transit type: Rapid Transit and Tram

Number of lines: 5

Number of stations: 169

Chief executive: Mario Flores Lanuza

Began operation: October 8, 1988 (as FGV)

Began operation: May 5, 1995 (as MetroValencia)

Number of vehicles: 82

System length: 175.34 km (108.95 mi)

Track gauge: 1,000 mm (3.3 ft)

Electrification: overhead wire



LINES (current)

LINE 1

Length: 98,159 km Stops: 59 Passengers(2008): 20,650,928

LINE 3

Length: 24,691 km Stops:27 Passengers(2008): 27.306.347

LINE 4

Length: 15,921 km Stops:23 Passengers(2008): 4.506.164

LINE 5

Length: 26,502 km Stops:31 Passengers(2008): 15.057.074

LINE 6

Length: 10,067 km Stops:21 Passengers(2008): 432.654



LINES (future)

LINE 2

Length: N/A Stops: 20 Passengers(projected): 25,000,000

Website for line 2 project: http://www.linea2metrovalencia.com/


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PASSENGERS EACH YEAR

2008: 68.275.900
2007: 67.745.200
2006: 64.588.903
2005: 61.395.294
2004: 57.586.069
2003: 51.026.260



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Official Website:http://www.metrovalencia.es/page.php


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Old February 1st, 2010, 12:09 AM   #10
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beautiful metro, plase, more pics
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Old February 2nd, 2010, 01:59 PM   #11
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It's more like a light-rail, with narrow-gauge metro trains that run pretty slow compared to other metro systems and even to other forms of transportation in Valencia itself. It's faster or at least the same to take the bus than the metro...
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Old February 2nd, 2010, 03:07 PM   #12
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U r pretty right, especially the trams T4 and T5 are kinda slowly...
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Old February 2nd, 2010, 05:50 PM   #13
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It's more like a light-rail, with narrow-gauge metro trains that run pretty slow compared to other metro systems and even to other forms of transportation in Valencia itself. It's faster or at least the same to take the bus than the metro...
Well, Valencia is the most car oriented city in spain, the urban space dedicated to roads is higher than any other city I've visited in spain and europe to some extent. The city blocks are huge so you don't have to stop frequently at redlights. I think it is simply difficult to create a rapid transit system that can compete with cars and busses.
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I don't think Valencia is that car-oriented. The metro is very well used now; the amount of journeys being made is increasing by millions each year (they hope to have at least 90 million this year) even though the population isn't increasing at all. The passengers per year will rocket up when the new lines and other projects are completed. Secondly, only part of the system is light-rail (two lines) while the rest is heavy-rail metro (suburban system in the surrounding towns), and it is definetly the quickest way to get around the city (there are alot of traffic jams at most times of the day; the high density of the city doesn't help). but yeah, it is difficult to compete with the car, especially when you can go to whichever part of the city with car, and the metro doesn't cover a large area of the city.

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Well, Valencia is the most car oriented city in spain, the urban space dedicated to roads is higher than any other city I've visited in spain and europe to some extent. The city blocks are huge so you don't have to stop frequently at redlights. I think it is simply difficult to create a rapid transit system that can compete with cars and busses.
I have to disagree on this being the explanation for the Metro being ineffective. Yes there are enoug people on it, but there is no real gain for the passengers over other forms of transport.
The Metro is simply too slow, a ride from Maritim Serreria to Xativa or Angel Guimera takes around 15 minutes. The biggest problem in my opinion is the use of narrow gauge in the Metro, where it was not necessary at all since the overground trams don't use the underground metro lines, the narrow gauge doesn't allow for a high corner speed, so the trains are limited to 15-30km/h... I soon switched from using the metro to using the Bus, was much quicker that way because the bus drives with an average 40-50km/h.
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I have to disagree on this being the explanation for the Metro being ineffective. Yes there are enoug people on it, but there is no real gain for the passengers over other forms of transport.
The Metro is simply too slow, a ride from Maritim Serreria to Xativa or Angel Guimera takes around 15 minutes. The biggest problem in my opinion is the use of narrow gauge in the Metro, where it was not necessary at all since the overground trams don't use the underground metro lines, the narrow gauge doesn't allow for a high corner speed, so the trains are limited to 15-30km/h... I soon switched from using the metro to using the Bus, was much quicker that way because the bus drives with an average 40-50km/h.
I really doubt that the bus average 40-50km/h, normal inner-city average speed for a bus is 15km/h give or take a few km/h. A tram usually 20km/h and metro 30km/h.

In most cities the bus loose to the metro once the travel distance is more than 5-10 minutes on the bus, in Valencia however I guess it is in the 10-15 minutes interval.
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Well the bus, when it's not standing at a bus stop or red light, was driving with full speed in Valencia, there were not really a lot of traffic jams, only in the rush hour. I was really quicker with the Bus than with the Metro, altough I really enjoyed the Metro rides i had, it was air conditioned and pleasent, not smelly or cramped. The bus was also air conditioned. What I liked were the tramways (tranvia, I think they count as Metro in Valencia), only their corner speed was also very low so they were not as fast.
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Old February 3rd, 2010, 06:47 PM   #18
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Fortunately the transport in valencia is quite good, i'll happily travel on either. I like the fact that the buses have tv's in them showing the news (do they have this in other cities?), and I like the fact that the metro still seems quiet, the stations have alot of space and most are quite new. I still think the metro is quicker, i really can't picture the buses being quicker, when they stops more often for longer and don't go that much faster. The trams, however, are definetly slow and not as nice either.
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Old pictures of Pont de Fusta station (closest station to the city centre), now on the Line 4 Tramway:

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