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Old November 13th, 2007, 10:54 PM   #1
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LUGANO | Public Transport

Hi, i would like to know all the current AND upcoming underground rail projects for Ticino/Tessin, the italian speaking region of Switzerland, the reason im interested is that i live in Lugano, and the traffic usually is unbearable not only in the city centre, probably because there isnt a wide variety of transport in Lugano, just busses and taxis, so undeground transport would be nice for the city, anyway thanks for your time.

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Old November 16th, 2007, 04:12 PM   #2
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Doesn't Lugano have a small underground section of the FART? It is almost like a metro I have read.
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Old November 16th, 2007, 05:54 PM   #3
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Hi, i would like to know all the current AND upcoming underground rail projects for Ticino/Tessin, the italian speaking region of Switzerland, the reason im interested is that i live in Lugano, and the traffic usually is unbearable not only in the city centre, probably because there isnt a wide variety of transport in Lugano, just busses and taxis, so undeground transport would be nice for the city, anyway thanks for your time.
Our town is too small (about 100.000 inhabitants, and it's still the biggest town in this region) to have any form of underground transport. There are simply too many private cars, and too many underground parkings in the ity centre.

The Centovalli line (FART is the company) has an underground section in Locarno with 3 stations, but it's not a real subway having only a train every 60 minutes. However it's very practical for those living near these station, because the timetable is coordinated with SBB mainline trains.
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Old November 16th, 2007, 07:34 PM   #4
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So no hope for us then? Not even in the future?
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Old November 17th, 2007, 11:02 AM   #5
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There is a project for a tramway (light rail). And it would still be a great project for a city of only 100.000 inhabitants.

http://img442.imageshack.us/img442/4646/luganoqr4.jpg

The red line is the proposed tramway.
The green line is a suburban metric gauge railway.
The brown line is a proposed link between the two, mainly in tunnel (about 2.5 km/1.5 miles).
The yellow line is another possible extension.
The blue line is the main standard gauge railway (Gotthard).

The tramway and the other extensions would be metric gauge.

The green and blue lines at the center of the map meets each other at the same level, but the brown runs in tunnel about 150 m below the other two, so they will not be connected here.

There are other projects to extend the green line into Italy until Luino (near the logo of Microsoft Virtual Earth on the map).

The tramway would be metric gauge.

Until the end of july 2001 Lugano had a trolleybus network, 4 lines totalling 13 km. Unfortunately it has been closed
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Old November 17th, 2007, 12:13 PM   #6
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atleast some good news, but where are the tram stops located?
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Old November 17th, 2007, 06:25 PM   #7
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The tram line would follow the existing bus lines F and S, but it would run further north and south. The northern part would follow the Cassarate river, like line S, but in both direction (today line S follow the river in one direction only).

Plans of the existing bus network can be found here: http://www.ti.ch/trasporti/ ==> "Ricerca orari: schema di rete"

The VCS-ATE association had a brochure aboutrt the project. You can ask if they have a copy. See http://www.vcs-ate.ch/.

I should have a copy of this brochure on CD, somewhere.
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Old November 17th, 2007, 07:37 PM   #8
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so is this tram project on hold/cancelled/accepted? If its accepted, when would installment take place and when would it finish?
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Old November 17th, 2007, 08:39 PM   #9
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The brown line is an official project, the tram too, but in a less advanced stage. The tram is mainly proposed by VCS-ATE.

I think nothing will be done untill at least 2015.

But starting from December, the green line will have a train every 15 minutes. The existing infrastructure of this line can ahndle a train every 10 minutes, but to do so, id would probably be necessary to buy more trains.
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2015, damn thats ages into the future, oh well, at least its official, thanks for the info.
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Old November 18th, 2007, 10:53 AM   #11
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It's not official.

Politicians and transport engineers are thinking about a tramway, but there are no real projects at the moment.

There is an idea to build a tramway, and the brown line, but it is not known yet if they will be built or not, and when.

(Sono solo idee dei politici e di qualche ingegnere, è possibile che si costruiscano nel prossimo decennio, ma non è sicuro. Personalmente non credo che vedremo qualcosa prima del 2015.)
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Old November 18th, 2007, 02:19 PM   #12
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oh, well, i just hope they will incorporate trams into Lugano, it would be an awesome transport for the city.
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