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Old March 26th, 2010, 08:04 AM   #1
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MISC | Other names for metro systems

What other names are used for a city's metro systems besides "Metro"? I'm looking for the names commonly used by a city's citizens for their metro.

Some examples I know of include:

Chicago: the "L"
Boston: the "T"
London: the "Underground" or "Tube"
San Francisco: the "Muni" and "BART"
New York City: the "Subway"
Buenos Aires: el "Subte"
Stockholm: "T-bana"
Berlin: "U-bahn"
San Juan: el "Tren Urbano"
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Old March 26th, 2010, 08:36 AM   #2
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Please follow forum naming conventions.

Vancouver, though the system is SkyTrain, has most stations and bus loops marked with a T for transit/transport.
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Old March 26th, 2010, 08:51 AM   #3
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HK: "MTR"
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Old March 26th, 2010, 10:50 AM   #4
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Bangkok:
Skytrain - BTS
Underground - MRT
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Old March 26th, 2010, 12:51 PM   #5
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Oslo: T-bane
Copenhagen: S-tog (yes, it counts)
Cleveland: The Rapid (I believe that's what locals call it)
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Old March 27th, 2010, 11:15 AM   #7
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Interesting are also the different spellings of the word "metro":

Metro (in most parts of the world)
Métro (in French)
Metrô (in Brazilian Portuguese)
Μετρό (in Greek)
Метро (in Russian)

I don't know if there are still other variations.
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Old March 27th, 2010, 02:47 PM   #8
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Although not true metro systems, the 3 largest cities in Australia operate a metro-style system. They are called:

Sydney - Cityrail
Melbourne - Metlink
Brisbane - Citytrain
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Old March 27th, 2010, 08:05 PM   #9
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As a kind of provocation I'd like to add:

New York: Subway

I still find it strange that so many people use this as the most common word for metro in English, while it's actually is only a very few systems that carry that name. Mostly New York, and a few others. And for some strange reason it is also the name for this forum.

Metro seems to be the most common global name.
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Old March 27th, 2010, 08:49 PM   #10
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Metro seems to be the most common global name.
Yes, indeed, according to this list.

Even in North America, some subway systems are officially called Metro or Metrorail.
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Old March 27th, 2010, 09:04 PM   #11
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Glasgow = Clockwork Orange

...Because the trains are orange and it runs like clockwork
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Old March 27th, 2010, 09:07 PM   #12
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Incidentally Glasgow has always been 'subway' officially... And the experimental 'Tower Subway' under the Thames (the first use of Greathead's tunnelling shield, before the City & South London Railway), was also 'subway', so it could be argued that in English 'subway' is the original word for 'metro'.

'Metro' is just a truncated version of London's 'Metropolitan Railway', the first 'metro', and is a French invention.
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Old March 28th, 2010, 03:41 AM   #13
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BA´s first subte line was the "A" initially called a tranvía subterráneo, or underground tramway.
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Old March 29th, 2010, 07:37 AM   #14
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Quote:
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Incidentally Glasgow has always been 'subway' officially... And the experimental 'Tower Subway' under the Thames (the first use of Greathead's tunnelling shield, before the City & South London Railway), was also 'subway', so it could be argued that in English 'subway' is the original word for 'metro'.

'Metro' is just a truncated version of London's 'Metropolitan Railway', the first 'metro', and is a French invention.
Yes but in England Subway also means a pedestrian underpass or tunnel. For example those early pedestrian routes under the thames were subways, paths under dual carriageways/town orbitals are called subways too.
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