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History

  • 2011

    January, 2
    Line Orange (F) is inaugurated, connecting Fânzeres to Senhora da Hora.
    October,15
    Santo Ovídio station in the Yellow Line (D), opens to public.

  • 2010

    January, 2
    Line Orange (F) is inaugurated, connecting Fânzeres to Senhora da Hora.


    October,15
    Santo Ovídio station in the Yellow Line (D), opens to public.

  • 2008

    June, 13
    International Union for Public Transport – UITP awards Metro do Porto as «Best New Light Rail System». The award is publicly delivered during a conference in Istanbul, Turkey.

    May, 27
    The new D. João II station, in the line D (Yellow), in Vila Nova de Gaia, is inaugurated.
    Metro do Porto network has now 70 stations.

  • 2007

    May, 21
    Metro do Porto shareholders, Junta Metropolitana do Porto and Government, sign a strategic document related with the expansion of the network of Metro do Porto.

  • 2006

    May, 27
    Line E (Violet) is inaugurated, connecting the airport station to Trindade station. For the first time in Portugal, an airport is linked to a metropolitan network.

     

    March, 31
    Pólo Universitário/IPO/Hospital de S. João, in the Yellow Line (D), and Fórum Maia/ISMAI, in the Green Line (C) are now opened.

     

    March, 18
    Pedras Rubras/Póvoa de Varzim, in the Red Line (B), is concluded.

  • 2005

    September, 17
    The Yellow Line (D) is opened to the public and starts working as the most important line of Metro do Porto. It connects the stations Camara de Gaia and Pólo Universitário

     

    July, 30
    The Line C (Green) starts working between Estádio do Dragão and Fórum Maia. Metro do Porto network is now bigger – 3 lines and 29 km.

     

    March, 13
    The Line B (Red) starts running between Estádio do Dragão and Pedras Rubras. Now, Metro do Porto works within a network with 23 km of operating lines. The city of Maia receives a metropolitan service for the first time.

     

    March, 1
    Line E (Violet) construction starts. This line is going to connect the airport to Estádio do Dragão. It’s a line different from the Line B (Red) in Verdes station. It is expected that the works are completed within 8 months, making Porto’s metropolitan area the second one, in Iberian Peninsula, receiving a metropolitan service at the airport.

  • 2004

    December, 31
    The second year of commercial exploration in Line A (Blue) is finished, with a big increase of the demand.
    In 2004 more than 9.8 million people used Metro do Porto. 65,2% more than in 2003.

     

    June, 12
    The European Football Championship starts in Portugal. Metro do Porto is responsible for the transportation of 30% of the spectators of the games in Estádio do Dragão and in Estádio do Bessa.

     

    June, 5
    The Blue Line (A), between Trindade and Estádio do Dragão starts functioning, with Bolhão, Campo 24 de Agosto, Heroísmo, Campanhã and Estádio do Dragão stations. The Prime-Minister, Durão Barroso, is in the opening cerimony.

     

    March, 24
    European Union approves the project for a new line between Francisco Sá Carneiro Airport and Póvoa de Varzim. This will enable a connection between the metropolitan and the transeuropean transports network. The EU will participate in this project with 74 M EUR.

     

    February, 18
    Funicular dos Guindais is inaugurated. It is an elevator connecting Ribeira and Batalha, right in the middle of Porto’s historical centre. Funicular dos Guindais starts operating in February, 19.

  • 2003

    November, 3
    The tunnel between Trindade and Ponte is concluded. All the tunnels, almost 7 km, of the first phase are concluded.

     

    August, 31
    The Government approves Gondomar Line, Boavista Line and the access to the international Airport of Porto.

     

    June, 24
    S. João celebration. Metro do Porto operates during the night and for 24 hours. 35 thousand validations are registered.

     

    June, 9
    The double vehicles start running in the Metro do Porto network.

     

    March, 31
    The works for the Yellow Line (D) start in Vila Nova de Gaia.

     

    March, 30
    Ponte do Infante bridge, between Porto and Vila Nova de Gaia, is inaugurated. This is the sixth bridge in Douro river connecting both towns.

     

    March, 11
    Metro do Porto receives the "Deal of the Year Award", from Asset Finance.

     

    March, 6
    At 18h:55min Metro do Porto registers the client no. 1 million

     

    January, 1
    Metro do Porto starts commercial operation

  • 2002

    December, 7
    The Blue Line (A) and the Metropolitan System of Porto are inaugurated. Leading the cerimony in Casa da Música Station is the Prime-Minister, Dr. José Manuel Durão Barroso. A thousand people are in the first day of Metro do Porto. The Board of Directors decides that the Metro do Porto will operate for free until 2002.

     

    November, 17
    The experimental operation of Metro do Porto are over. During 19 weeks and for 100 thousands kms, 700 thousand passangers tested their future mean of transport.

     

    October, 21
    The first tunel of Metro do Porto is finished, between Campanha and Trindade, with 2,3 km of extension. The arrival of the tunneling machine, called “Micas”, to Trindade was followed by the many workers of Metro do Porto and Normetro, as well as many people, curious about the history of this project.

     

    September, 2
    The experimental operation of the Blue Line ( A) is extended to Senhor de Matosinhos station. The downtown of Matosinhos can now be accessed by this new mean of transport.

     

    July, 29
    A proposal for changing Metro do Porto shareholder society is presented by the main shareholder of the company, Junta Metropolitana do Porto. Now, the Board of Directors is composed by Major Valentim Loureiro (President), Dr. Rui Rio, Narciso Miranda, Eng. Mário de Almeida, Prof. Manuel Oliveira Marques (President of the Executive Committee), Dr. Alberto Amorim Pereira (Executive Committee), Eng. Duarte Vieira (Executive Committee).

    In the General Shareholders are now Eng. António Bragança Fernandes (President), Dr. Macedo Vieira (Vice-president) and Mr. José Mota (secretary).

     

    June, 29
    Metro do Porto is running with passengers for the first time. The Line A (Blue), between Câmara de Matosinhos station and Viso station is in an experimental operation. Every day, between 16h:00 and 22h:00, or between 14h:00 and 22h:00 at the weekends, Metro do Porto is operating. The travels are for free.

     

    June, 21
    Ponte do Infante bridge is now connecting the two margins of Douro river. The end of the works is watched by the Board of Directors ans by the Minister of the Public Works, Prof. Luís Valente de Oliveira.

     

    June, 1
    The most difficult moment in Metro do Porto life. Professor José Vieira de Carvalho, Chairman of the Board of Directors, dies at 64. Due to this fatalitie, the President of Junta Metropolitana do Porto, Major Valentim Loureiro, assumes the presidency of Metro do Porto.

     

    February, 24
    The operations of CP trains in Póvoa de Varzim and Trofa are over, because of the construction of the new Metro do Porto lines. This is the end of an era – the train era – and the beggining of a new age – Metro do Porto age. The passengers of the train will now use other means of transportation, like buses that Metro do Porto putted available.

  • 2001

    December, 3
    Vehicle tests begin in Metro do Porto, between Guifões and Vasco da Gama Avenue, in Senhora da Hora. Thousands of people assist to the Metro do Porto “first steps”. It’s the begin of an intensive test phase of 15 thousand km.

     

    May, 26
    Metro do Porto receives the first Eurotram vehicle, in a ceremony in Museu do Carro Eléctrico. The vehicle is exposed in the museum for a week and the citizens can access it for the first time.

  • 2000

    October
    The production of 72 vehicles for Metro do Porto begins. Eurotram is constructed in Amadora, by Bombardier, and incorporates components fabricated in Portugal, Italy and England.

     

    July, 21
    New administrators are elected. Porto and Matosinhos mayors, Nuno Cardoso and Manuel Seabra, are the chosen ones.

    Shareholders approve a new model for Metro do Porto operating system. Besides the Board of Directors - Prof. José Vieira de Carvalho (President), Major Valentim Loureiro, Eng. Nuno Cardoso, Dr. Manuel Seabra, Prof. Manuel de Oliveira Marques, Dr. Alberto Amorim Pereira and Eng. Duarte Vieira -, the Executive Committee is formed and is responsible for the management of the company, whose President is Professor Oliveira Marques.

     

    July, 14
    The tunneling machine starts opening the connection between Campanhã and Trindade.

     

    July, 7
    General shareholders of Metro do Porto, S.A. discusses the proposal of Junta Metropolitana for extending the number of members of the board. Junta Metropolitana proposes two new members: Major Valentim Loureiro, Gondomar Mayor, and Dr. Alberto Amorim Pereira, of Porto’s city hall.

     

    April
    An archaeological discovery is made in Campo 24 de Agosto station. This discovery is preserved inside the station.

     

    January
    The Works in Ponte do Infante start, in the left margin of Douro river. Metro do Porto is the responsible for the building of this new bridge. Luiz I bridge is the one used by Metro do Porto.

  • 1999

    December
    The shareholding is restructured, according to the agreement between Área Metropolitana do Porto and the Government. The capital of Metro do Porto increases for 5 M EUR.
    The shareholders are: Área Metropolitana do Porto, 59,9994%; STCP, 25%; CP, 10%; Government, 5%; the cities of Porto, Maia, Matosinhos, Vila Nova de Gaia, Vila do Conde and Póvoa de Varzim, 0,0001% each.
    Professor José Vieira de Carvalho, President of Junta Metropolitana do Porto and member of Metro do Porto administration since the foundation of the company, becomes Chairman of the board, following the resignation of Dr. Fernando Gomes. Professor Manuel de Oliveira Marques, STCP President, represents the Government in the board of directors.

     

    March, 15
    The construction of Metro do Porto begins, in Campanhã.

  • 1998

    December, 16
    Government, Metro do Porto, Área Metropolitana do Porto, Normetro and the European Bank of investments sign the contract for the construction and development of Metro do Porto

     

    November, 21
    The European Bank of investments conceds 500 M EUR for Metro do Porto project.

  • 1997

    November, 25
    Normetro Agrupamento Complementar de Empresas (ACE) project is chosen one for concept, built, equipment and operation of Porto’s network.

  • 1996

    July
    Normetro and Metropor are chosen for the last stage of the contest.

     

    January
    Metro do Porto presents the document that defines the Metro’s network, with 4 lines and more than 70 km.

  • 1994

    December, 21
    Four enterprises participate in a contest, deciding on which enterprise will be responsible for the conception of Porto’s metropolitan network.