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Recife Metro

Recife Metro
Native name Metrô do Recife
Locale Recife, Pernambuco, Brazil
Transit type Rapid transit
Number of lines 3 (plus one light rail line)
Number of stations 29[1]
Daily ridership 225,000 (Metro only)[1]
Website CBTU-STU Recife
Began operation 11 March 1985 (1985-03-11)
Operator(s) Superintendência de Trens Urbanos de Recife
Number of vehicles 25[1]
Train length 4 cars[1]
Headway 4.75–7 minutes (Center Line)[1]
16 minutes (South Line)[1]
System length 39.5 km (24.5 mi)[1]
Track gauge 1,600 mm (5 ft 3 in)[1]
System map
Map of the Recife Metro network (including diesel light rail line). At the time of this map, Cosme e Damião station was still under construction.

The Recife Metro (Portuguese: Metrô do Recife, commonly called Metrô) is the metro system for the city of Recife in Brazil. It is operated by CBTU/Metrorec, and currently serves 29 stations along 39.5 kilometers (24.5 mi) of route.[1]


  • Operations 1
    • System characteristics 1.1
    • Lines 1.2
    • Stations 1.3
  • See also 2
  • References 3
  • External links 4


System characteristics

Recife Metro is currently formed by the Central Line (further divided into two lines) and the South line.

The three lines of Recife Metro. At the time of this map, Cosme e Damião station was still under construction, and the commuter train was still to be replaced by the light rail system.

The stations were designed with a caution to include various forms of identification. Besides the service of audio messages announcing the name of the stop, there is a different colour used on the walls of every station and their signs are equipped with graphical symbols next to the name which always accompany the maps spread in the buildings.

Trains of the Center Line leaving the station Recife have two distinct destinations: the cities of Camaragibe and of Jaboatão dos Guararapes. This is due to the fact that lines Center-1 (Camaragibe) and Center-2 (Jaboatão) share the part of the railway between Recife and Coqueiral stations, reusing the route of an old railway track where the metro system was built.

In Lines of Metrorec the average distance between stations is of 1.2 kilometers (0.7 mi), hence the typical speed of the train is 40 km/h (25 mph), while the maximum speed is 90 km/h (56 mph).[1] The gauge is 1,600 mm (5 ft 3 in) (Irish gauge) and energy supply for trains is done through aerial catenary.[1]

The system originally had a total of 25.2 kilometers (15.7 mi) of route. After completion of the expansion of the network that occurred from February 2005 to March 2009, the metro grew to its current 39.5 kilometers (24.5 mi) in length.[1]

There is also a 31.5-kilometer (19.6 mi) meter gauge (1,000 mm (3 ft 3 38 in)) diesel light rail line in Recife.[1] The system also includes several bus lines linked from the terminals of bus/metro integration designated S.E.I (Sistema Estrutural Integrado - Integrated Structural System), through which a passenger can continue their travel on the same ticket.[2]


Line Terminals Start date Length Stations Duration (min) Schedule
Center - 1 RecifeCamaragibe 11 March 1985 --- 15 28 Daily, 5 AM to 11 PM
Center - 2 RecifeJaboatão 29 August 1987 --- 14 24 Daily, 5 AM to 11 PM
South Recife ↔ Cajueiro Seco 28 February 2005 14.3 km 13 25[3] Daily, 5 AM to 11 PM
Total (C1+C2+S) 39.5 km[1] 29[1] --- ---
Light rail

In addition, Recife metropolitan area also has a meter gauge[1] (1,000 mm (3 ft 3 38 in)) diesel light rail line:

Line Terminals Start date Length Stations Duration (min) Schedule
Diesel light rail* Cabo ↔ Cajueiro Seco; Cajueiro Seco ↔ Curado 2012 31.5 km[1] 8[1] 54 Monday to Saturday,
5 AM to 8 PM

(*) The light rail train isn't included in the metro service, even though it under the same administrative company.


Recife Metro
Central Line - C1 & C2
South Line - S
Joana Bezerra
Largo da Paz
Antonio Falcão
Santa Luzia
Recife Shopping Center
Edgar Werneck
Tancredo Neves
Porta Larga
Monte dos Guararapes
Cajueiro Seco
Alto do Céu
Coach Station
Engenho Velho
Cosme e Damião
Central Line - C1
Central Line - C2
SEI Sistema Estrutural Integrado
(Integrated Structural System)
LRT Light Rail Transit
Intercity bus
Center - C1 Center - C2 South Line - S Light Rail Train - LRT
1 Recife SEI Recife SEI Recife SEI Curado C1
2 Joana Bezerra¹ SEI Joana Bezerra¹ SEI Joana Bezerra¹ SEI Jorge Lins
3 Afogados SEI Afogados SEI Largo da Paz SEI Marcos Freire
4 Ipiranga Ipiranga Imbiribeira Cajueiro Seco SEI, S
5 Mangueira Mangueira Antonio Falcão Ângelo de Souza
6 Santa Luzia SEI Santa Luzia SEI Shopping Center Recife Pontezinha
7 Edgar Werneck Edgar Werneck Tancredo Neves SEI Ponte dos Carvalhos
8 Barro SEI Barro SEI Aeroporto - Airport SEI Santo Inácio
9 Tejipió Tejipió Porta Larga Cabo SEI
10 Coqueiral² Coqueiral² Monte dos Guararapes
11 Alto do Céu Cavaleiro SEI Prazeres SEI
12 Curado LRT Floriano Cajueiro Seco SEI, LRT
13 Rodoviária-Coach station Engenho Velho
14 Cosme e Damião Jaboatão
15 Camaragibe SEI
  • SEI = integration with local buses
  • 1: C1, C2 and S run together as far as J. Bezerra
  • 2: C1 and C2 run together as far as Coqueiral

See also


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r "Características - Características Técnicas E Operacionais Do Metrô" [Characteristics - Technical and Operational Characteristics of Metro] (in Portuguese). CBTU-STU Recife. Retrieved 2014-06-15. 
  2. ^
  3. ^

External links

  • CBTU-STU Recife – official website (Portuguese)
  • Parent company CBTU's website; Contains links to other Brazilian urban rail systems
  • The three Lines' (Centro, Sul & Diesel) map at the official site
  • UP-TO-DATE Recife Metro System Map
  • Photographic gallery for the Diesel line (pictures taken at a "photographical excursion" involving several photo artists at 19 August 2009)

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