Recife Metro

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Recife Metro
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Metrorec - Estação Imbiribeira 2 - Recife, Pernambuco, Brasil.jpg
Native nameMetrô do Recife
LocaleRecife, Pernambuco, Brazil
Transit typeRapid transit
Number of lines3 (plus one light rail line)
Number of stations29[1]
Daily ridership225,000 (Metro only)[1]
Annual ridershipUS$ 21 mi (2015)
WebsiteCBTU-STU Recife
Began operation11 March 1985; 34 years ago (1985-03-11)
Operator(s)Superintendência de Trens Urbanos de Recife
Number of vehicles40[1]
Train length4 cars[1]
Headway4.75–7 minutes (Center Line)[1]
16 minutes (South Line)[1]
System length39.5 km (24.5 mi)[1]
Track gauge1,600 mm (5 ft 3 in)[1]
System map
Map of the network, including the light rail line. At the time of the map, Cosme e Damião station was still under construction.

The Recife Metro (Portuguese: Metrô do Recife, commonly called Metrô) is the rapid transit 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).[1]


The system formed by the Central Line (itself divided into two lines) and the South Line.

The stations were designed carefully 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 signs are equipped with graphical symbols next to the name that always accompany the maps spread in the buildings.

Trains of the Central Line leaving the station Recife have two distinct destinations: the cities of Camaragibe and Jaboatão dos Guararapes. That is because Center-1 (Camaragibe) and Center-2 (Jaboatão) Lines 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.

The average distance between stations is of 1.2 kilometers (0.7 mi) so the typical speed of the train is 40 km/h (25 mph), but 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 passengers may 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[edit]

In addition, Recife metropolitan area also has meter gauge[1] (1,000 mm (3 ft 3 38 in)) diesel light rail[citation needed] 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 is not included in the metro service, but it under the same administrative company.


Recife Metro
Central Line - C1 & C2
South Line - S
Bus interchange
Joana Bezerra
Bus interchange
Bus interchange
Largo da Paz
Bus interchange
Antonio Falcão
Bus interchange
Santa Luzia
Recife Shopping Center
Edgar Werneck
Tancredo Neves
Bus interchange
Bus interchange
Guararapes International Airport Bus interchange
Porta Larga
Monte dos Guararapes
Bus interchange
Cajueiro Seco
Tram interchange Bus interchange
Alto do Céu
Tram interchange
Bus interchange
Bus interchange
Coach Station
Cosme e Damião
Engenho Velho
Bus interchange
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[edit]


  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. Archived from the original on 10 November 2014. Retrieved 15 June 2014.
  2. ^ Archived from the original on 2 February 2008. Retrieved 17 July 2009. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  3. ^ Archived from the original on 15 July 2009. Retrieved 15 July 2009. Missing or empty |title= (help)

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