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Midi-Pyrénées, France

Date of opening26 Jun 1993
Network length27.5 km (17.09 mi)
Stations38 (37*)
Lines2        Line history
Stations per line19.00
Avg. station distance764 m (0.47 mi)
Avg. line length13.75 km (8.55 mi)
*with transfer stations counted once
Numerical data by J. Serradell, 14 Sep 2008
System typeMetro, known as Métro
Daily ridership (by J. Kennes)282,000 (as of 2011)
Daily ridership per km (per mi)10,300 (6,380)
Fare collection
TrackRight, gauge: 2060 mm
Power supplyThird rail, 750 V
Air-conditioned trains
Walk-through trainsYes
Rubber-tyred trainsYes
Driverless linesVAL (since 1993)
Platform screen doorsVAL
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Metro Arts and Architecture

Examples of interesting station design:

Rating: 2 stars (silver)  Toulouse

All stations have works of arts, mostly on the concourse levels.

Photo: Mirail Université station of 1993 on line A with a tall tree-like sculpture and other works of art by Daniel Coulet.
Stations are spacious and of varied architecture.

Photo: Carmes station of 2007 on line B with a huge 'sky' by Jean-Paul Marcheschi. This piece of art is a staggering 14 x 35 m (46 x 115 ft) and curves along the ceiling and wall.

Self-Guided Tour

Try the following tour, recommended by residents or metro enthusiasts:

Pick a copy of the leaflet "Galeries d'Art" from a ticket couter and explore the artworks in the stations. Most rewarding are the legs of Line A between Marengo SNCF and Reynerie and Line B between Francois Verdier and Canal du Midi. As the small trains run every 3 minutes, it is easy to hop off and on at every station to take a look at the concourse levels which are also worth seeing.

Relationships with Other Metros

VAL family
Members: Chicago (O'Hare Airport people mover), Lille, Paris (Orlyval, CDGVal airport trains), Rennes, Taipei, Toulouse, Turin, Uijeongbu,
Characteristics: Sleek, small, automated, rubber-tyred metros. Platforms are usually short and have platform screen doors.

Departure Procedure and Sounds

Before doors close there's a buzz like in Paris. After departure, a female recorded voice says "Prochaine station: [name]" ("Next station: [name]"), and repeats the station name once again before the train stops. Before transfer stations, she adds: "Correpondance: ligne [line name]".

Line A VAL train departing from Mermoz station.

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