Recife Metro: map, description, photo
The Recife metro consists of 29 stations and two lines - South and Central, branching into two branches - to Kamaragibe station and to Jaboatao station. The total length of the lines is 71 km, most of them are above the ground. About 350,000 passengers use the metro every day. The highest concentration of passengers on the Central Line. To help the Recife metro, new bus stations are being built, integrated with the metro. Average distance between stations - 1.2 km, average train speed - 40 km / h, maximum - 80 km / h.
The construction of the metro began in January 1983, and in March 1985 the first passenger trains began operating. In 1998, the Recife metro was expected to be significantly expanded - 14.3 km of new tracks on the Southern Line were built. Between 2004 and 2009, new sections of the Southern Line were opened, which has now (2014) completed its expansion..
In the Recife metro, not only lines, but also stations are graphically identified. In addition to the fact that the design of each station has dominant colors, the lines on the metro schemes have their own color, and each station has its own pictogram symbol - a unique graphic icon (similar identification was introduced in the Mexico City metro in 1967). These measures are associated with the low literacy of the city's population. and also to help visually impaired passengers. Among other things, the station names are announced by the announcer in train carriages..
As for the issue of the accessibility of stations for disabled people, they all have ramps for wheelchairs, and some special escalators and elevators.