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Old September 3rd, 2005, 08:05 AM   #1
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Twenty-four hour metro service

As an American who always assumed that whatever we had by way of public transit, other first-world countries had it better, I've been kind of shocked to visit some major international cities and see that their metros stop running so early. First in Rome, where the trains stop some time around midnight; then Montreal, where they stop between midnight and one in the morning. (I've also heard London's Tube stops running relatively early, but I don't know if this is true.) In Chicago, my hometown, the two major rail lines run twenty-four hours a day, and all but the smallest line--which is really a commuter express with only two stations--run until three or four in the morning.

What, then, are the major non-US cities with 24 hour rail transportation? (Chicago and New York, for the record, are the only American cities with such round-the-clock service.)
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Old September 3rd, 2005, 08:43 AM   #2
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I thought only NYC had it 24 hours... But I agree with you completely.
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Old September 3rd, 2005, 09:06 AM   #3
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The Light Rail here in the Twin Cities runs 24 hours a day... sort of. By that I mean the segment between the two Airport Terminals keeps running after the rest of the line shuts down at night. I have heard that that policy might be discontinued and replaced with buses overnight though.

In all seriousness, though, I don't know of any other 24 hour metro service outside of New York and part of Chicago's. In New York, even PATH to New Jersey runs at all hours. Of course most of these cities where the metro shuts down have extensive Night Buses. So what time does your metro stop running?
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Old September 3rd, 2005, 09:34 AM   #4
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1am in Hong Kong. If you're out having fun, take the night bus routes or a taxi. Maintenance and renovations are done between 1am and 6am, and having a railway open too late makes it prone to vandalism from delinquents or drunkards.
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Old September 3rd, 2005, 11:03 AM   #5
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Trains in Brisbane finish around midnight-1am.

If your out, there's either taxis or buses until about 2am.
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Old September 3rd, 2005, 11:53 AM   #6
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Train operations stop from 1 - 5am for maintenance in Japan.
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Old September 3rd, 2005, 11:55 AM   #7
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Hong Kong MTR runs 24 hours I think
No it doesn't...
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Old September 3rd, 2005, 02:43 PM   #8
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In London the tube makes a surprisingly long night break. (One Sunday I almost missed my flight because I didn't know that the tube begins so late.)

London: 5.30 - 0:00, Sundays 7:30 - 23:00


In German cities a night service at weekends has become standard:

Berlin: 4:00 - 0:30, Fridays and Saturdays all night long.

Hamburg: 4:30 - 0:30, Fridays and Saturdays all night long (test phase started Dec 2004).

Munich: 4:30 - 1:30, Fridays and Saturdays until 2:30.

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Old September 3rd, 2005, 04:00 PM   #9
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Toronto's TTC subway service runs to about 1:30am, and starts again at 6am (9am on Sunday, which I always have thought was too late).
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Old September 3rd, 2005, 07:12 PM   #11
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Old September 3rd, 2005, 09:07 PM   #12
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That's so bizarre. If Chicago manages to run these trains all the way through without excessive vandalism, why can't other cities?
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Old September 3rd, 2005, 10:06 PM   #13
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Barcelona Metro:
From Sunday to Thursday, from 5am to 12-12.30am.
Fridays and Saturdays, from 5am to 2am.

Night buses service from 11pm to 5am, 20 bus lines.
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Old September 3rd, 2005, 10:17 PM   #14
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Paris 1h00 - 5h30 (certain stations closes has 20h30 for work)
Lyon 0h30 - 5h30
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for certain celebrates some lines of the subway remains open all the night
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Old September 3rd, 2005, 11:07 PM   #16
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A lot of maintenance work goes on underground during the off-hours, especially overnight. For example, tracks need to be inspected to make sure they are safe for trains to operate the next day.
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Old September 4th, 2005, 12:42 AM   #17
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It's just that the Red and Blue lines of the L and the MTA have quad tracks, and they're able to inspect some, and use others. That's what I've always thought, at least about the ability to operate 24/7.
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^ The Red Line only has quad tracks between Fullerton and Howard (less than half its length), and two other lines use part or all of that distance; the Blue Line doesn't have quad tracks anywhere, I don't think.
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Old September 4th, 2005, 01:17 AM   #20
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Start/stop times for Chicago El lines (looks like I was a bit off):

Red Line: 24 hours

Blue Line: 24 hours

Brown Line: 4:25 - 2:26

Purple Line: 4:35 - 1:50

Orange Line: 4:31 - 1:31

Green Line: 4:38 - 1:28

Yellow Line (the commuter one): 4:52 - 22:02
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