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 Pernambuco . Brazil

Recife Subway Network  2001 © UrbanRail.Net


With 3 million inhabitants Recife is one of the largest metropolitan areas in northeastern Brazil.

The first metro line (Linha Centro) was built in the early 1980's to relieve the city from increasing traffic problems and pollution. It runs mostly above ground along a former railway alignment from the city centre in the east towards the western suburbs and the bus station (Rodoviária).

An extension from Rodoviária to Timbi (Camaragibe), a town of almost 200,000 inhabitants (4.5 km) opened in December 2002. The current length of the line is 25 km with 19 stations. The line has broad gauge and is operated by Metrorec (Metro Recife).

The southern line (Linha Sul) towards Cabo has been upgraded for metro service as far as Cajueiro Seco (14.7 km - 12 stations). It has direct access to the airport. The line was due to open in 2002, but due to financial problems the first four stations were only completed in February 2005, and three more added in 2008. The southern terminus at Cajueiro Seco was eventually reached in March 2009.

Direct transfer to buses (with tariff integration) is possible at Joana Bezerra, Afogados, Barro and Jaboatão.



11 Mar 1985 - Recife - Werneck
08 Aug 1986 Werneck - Coqueiral
24 Sept 1986 Coqueiral - Rodoviária
29 Aug 1987 Coqueiral - Jaboatão
26 Dec 2002 Rodoviária - Camaragibe
28 Feb 2005 - Recife - Imbiribeira (3.8 km)
28 Mar 2008 - Imbiribeira - Shopping (3 km)
17 Nov 2008 - Shopping - Tancredo Neves
23 Mar 2009 - Tancredo Neves - Cajueiro Seco
8 June 2013: Cosme e Damião station

 VLT (Light Rail)

Since 2012, the southern line from Cajueiro Seco to Cabo (18.5 km) as well as the tangential link between Cajueiro Seco and Curado has been operated with diesel-power light rail vehicles.


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CBTU (Companhia Brasileira de Trens Urbanos) > Recife

Metro Recife at Wikipedia.pt


Recife station vestibule Recife metro station



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