Milan Metro Line 1

Milan Metro Line 1

Type Rapid Transit
System Milan Metro
Status operational
Locale Milan, Italy
Termini Sesto 1° Maggio
Rho Fiera - Bisceglie
Stations 38
Opened 1 November 1964
Operator(s) Azienda Trasporti Milanesi
Line length 27 km (17 mi)
Track gauge 1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in) Standard gauge
Electrification third/fourth rail 750 V DC

The Milan Metro Line One, (Linea Uno in Italian), is the first subway built in Milan, Italy. It is part of the Milan Metro and it is operated by ATM. Works on the line began in 1957, and the first part was opened on 1 November 1964[1][2], running from Sesto Marelli to Lotto station. The line is also called Red Line (Linea Rossa in Italian), as it is visually identified by red signs. Due to its premiership, the line gave its red color to the Milan subway logo.

The line runs underground from the northern suburb of Sesto San Giovanni to the city centre, then to western district with two different branches, one to northwest to Rho, the other to the west to Bisceglie. It is 27 km (17 mi) long and serves 38 underground stations.[3]



Milan Metro promotional poster from 1964 with the new red line with its route.

On 6 April 1952 the city administration asked for a project of a metro system and on 6 October 1955 a new company, Metropolitana Milanese, was created to manage the construction of the new infrastructure.[4] The project was funded with 500 million from the municipality and the rest from a loan. The construction site of the first line was opened in viale Monte Rosa on 4 May 1957.[4] Stations on the new line were designed by Albini-Helg architecture studio. Bob Noorda designed the famous signaling.[4]

The line from Lotto to Sesto Marelli (21 stations) opened on 1 November 1964, after 7 years of construction works.

Rolling stock

There are 3 types of trains running on the line: the original first series trains, revamped original trains and the new AnsaldoBreda Meneghino trains. The track gauge is the 1,435 mm standard gauge. The entire line is electrified by means of a third or fourth rail at 750 V.[5]

Planned extension

An extension on the north from Sesto Primo Maggio to Monza is currently under construction. It is expected to be completed by 2015 before the Milan Expo.[6] The new section will be 1.9 km (1.2 mi) long with 2 stations (Sesto Restellone and Monza Bettola), entirely underground. The total cost will be €206 million. [7]



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