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Public transport in Medellín is a big topic and one of the key components of public administration as it is one of the fundamentals for the famous urban change of the city. As part of the strategic plan for the city, the sustainable transport plays an important rol in the social integration and the improvement of life quality in the city. The most used transport modes are buses, metro, walking, motorcycle and bikes as states the Mobility Secretary of the city in its plan of development.

 

The different modes of transport in Medellín. Source: Plan de Desarrollo, Ministerio de Movilidad.

The different modes of transport in Medellín. Source: Plan de Desarrollo, Ministerio de Movilidad.

 

Metroplús – Fast and safe.

The Metroplus is a mix between a Bus and a Tram and a Metro and its bigger brother is the Transmilenio in Bogotá. It is a bus because it has wheels, a Tram because it goes on specific trails and a Metro because it has it own bridges and tunnels. This mix makes it cheaper to build than a Metro and Tram, faster than a Bus and more flexible than a tram. There are two lines, which have an extension of 26 km and 27 stations. As well as the Tranvia, the Metro and the Metrocable it forms a bigger network.

The Metroplus is fast because it has its own streets. El Metroplús tiene sus propios carriles para ser más rápido. Image taken from: http://www.azvi.es/?actividades=metroplus-de-medellin

 

Image taken from: Las estación del Metroplús acuerdan a las de metros convencionales en otras ciudades. Image taken from: http://elmundo.com/portal/noticias/movilidad/metroplus_suma_cinco_articulados_a_su_operacion.php#.WWYwW9M1_BI

 

The lines of the Metroplús:

The line 1 and 2 have a very similar route, both start at the Universidad de Medellín in Belén and end in Parque Aranjuez, but while the Line 1 has 21 stations and is slightly quicker, the line 2 has 24 stations and takes a different route on the western side of the city. The lines are as well good options to change to the normal Metro which is faster, if you live in Belén the connection to Industriales via Metroplus is a quick option instead of walking to the Estadio station.

 

The map of the network of the Metro. Fuente: www.metrodemedellin.gov.co

The map of the network of the Metro. Fuente: www.metrodemedellin.gov.co.

 

Integration with other transporte modes:

The metroplús is connected to:

  • 5 Lines de Metrocable
  • 1 Lines of Tranvía
  • 2 Lines of Metro
  • Different integrated buses

It is a feeding system built around the two original metro lines, you can take for example a Metroplus bus to the station Industriales, where you shift to Metro without an extra fee.. The Metrocable we explain here. For the integrated system of feeding buses, called “integrados” they charge you an additional fee of maybe 400 COP (0,13€). The complete system you can see in the map of the bus lines, the most actual one you can find on this site.

 

The stations of the Metroplús are pretty similar to the ones of normal metro systems. Image taken from:http: //elmundo.com/portal/noticias/movilidad/metroplus_suma_cinco_articulados_a_su_operacion.php#.WWYwW9M1_BI

Prices:

The standard fare for a trip in Metro is 2,300 COP (0,70€). If you use the Civica card you will save 300 COP (0,10€) and only have to pay 2,000 COP. When you have to take not only the metro but for example a feeding bus there can be extra charges, the most expensive trip is up to 3,260 COP (1€) for the case that you take an integrated bus, the metro and again an integrated bus.

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The price depends on various factors - if you are using a Civica or not - how many different modes you use

The price depends on various factors – if you are using a Civica or not – how many different modes you use. Fuente: www.metrodemedellin.gov.co

 

Cívica card:

The Civica card is a card which gives you access to the Metro System in Medellín, it is not obligatory to use it, but due to the fact that it’s cheaper to use it and that the card is rechargeable with an amount of your wish, it facilitates the traveling in Metro. You don’t have to wait in the queue in the stations to buy tickets and can make shifts without extra costs. The card itself hasn’t any costs, neither. In addition, it gives you access to the Encicla system and makes traveling on many of the integrated routes a lot easier. You can get a personalized one with your ID or passport in the stations San Antonio, Niquía, Itagüi and San Javier without any cost in the times of Monday – Friday: 6:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m., or Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

The Civica card gives you access to the Metro System in Medellín.

The Civica card gives you access to the Metro System in Medellín.

Schedule:

Monday – Saturday:
Metro Line A, B, Tranvía, Metrocable: H, J, K, Metroplus: 1 y 2:
4:30 a. m. – 11:00 p. m.

Sunday and 
Metro Line A, B, Tranvía, Metroplus 1 y 2:
5:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Metrocable H y K:
8:30 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Metrocable J:
9:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Metrocable to Parque Arvi (Line L)
Martes – Sábado: 9:00 a. m. – 6:00 p. m.
Domingo y Feriados:: 8:30 a. m. – 6:00 p. m.
No opera los lunes.

Planes for the future:

The Metro already has a big network in the city due to its integration with different modes of transport, but there is more to come. There is a Strategic Plan to expand its network until 2020:

  • Metrocable M in 2017
  • New metroplus line between Itagüi and Envigado
  • New tranvía on the Carrera 80

Until 2030 there are plans to connect Rionegro and the airport José María Córdova with the city of Medellín through a Tranvía.


Manu

Soy miembro fundador de Friends of Medellín y al mismo tiempo estudiante de la Carrera Alemana-Latinoamericana de Administración.

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