Metro automation trend facts: Some of the longest metro lines in the world are actually automated
Observatory of Automated Metros World Atlas Report offers a general overview of the state of the art in metro automation, covering line characteristics, technological trends, supplier market share and estimated future evolution.
AUTOMATION, AN ADAPTABLE SOLUTION
A more detailed analysis at line level illustrates the wide range of situations and solutions covered by automated lines; be it in length, in number or density of stations.
They point to the adaptability of automation as a system to respond to the characteristics of different cities’ transport needs. This diversity of line typology is confirmed by the remarkably even significance of underground and elevated stations; although the number of exclusively underground lines is
low, compared to that of fully elevated or mixed lines.
In terms of capacity, it is significant to point to UTO’s evolution: from the pioneering lines with mostly low capacity trains to the recent incorporation of high capacity trains. Currently the greatest percentage of lines run mid-capacity trains.
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