HISTORY OF THE BRESCIA METRO
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Brescia Metro Museum
The Brescia Metro (Italian: Metropolitana di Brescia) is a light metro network serving Brescia, Lombardy, Italy. The network comprises a single line, having a length of 13.7 kilometres (8.5 mi) and a total of 17 stations from Prealpino to Sant´Eufemia-Buffalora, located respectively at the north and southeast of Brescia.
During the 1980s, road congestion in the vicinity of Brescia rose dramatically, resulting in the City Council becoming interested in the adoption of a new mass transit platform to provide an alterative means of access around the city. Following studies of several mass transit systems, it was decided that the development of a light metro would be the most suitable option. During this time, several other European cities had introduced their own automated light metro networks, which likely provided a model for Brescia's transport planners. While efforts were made during the 1990s to secure funding and attempt to launch the project, the tendering process for the construction of the first section of the Metro was initiated in 2000. During April 2003, a €575 million contract was awarded to a consortium led by Ansaldo STS, which included AnsaldoBreda, Astaldi and Acciona, who proposed to implement a system bearing considerable similarities to the Copenhagen Metro.
During January 2004, construction work on the project commenced. However, progress was hindered by the discovery of several sites of archaeological importance, leading to redesign efforts to minimise the network's infringement on such historical locations. While delayed, on 2 March 2013, the first line of the Brescia Metro was officially opened to regular services. This first railway line has been viewed as simply being the starting point for the subsequent construction of an ambitious and large metro network spanning across the city and into its suburbs; multiple plans for its expansion have been proposed.
The Brescia Metro, an automatic light line that connects the northern districts of the city to the south-east through the historic center, is today one of the leading alternative transport services for the entire transport system of the city.
Inspired by the main Northern European subways and breaking down the turnstile barriers, it has evolved over time into a real representative city structure, changing the language of its mobility and aesthetics.
The metropolitan region of Brescia, with a population of about 450,000 inhabitants, is located about 85 km east of Milan, in Lombardy, in northern Italy.
In July 2000, a tender was announced for the construction of a 13-kilometer automated light metro, similar to the Copenhagen metro, with an underground tunnel under the city center. The system, originally called Metrobus, was supposed to be developed in 7 years, construction began in 2003, but after some delays it was finally opened in March 2013.
The unmanned three-car trains are 39 m long and 2.65 m wide. They serve 17 stations, each of which is equipped with partitions on the platform.
A short video tour of the subway of the Italian city of Brescia. It opened its doors in 2013 and is one of the newest systems in the world.