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Operator ATI
System Type Metro
Year Opened 2004
# of Lines 1
# of Cars
Mileage 10.7 miles
Gauge Std
Stations 16
Power 3rd Rail
Fare Media Farecards
Website
Data Date 2006
1st Visit 3/2006
Last Visit 3/3006
% Rode 50%

Caribbean Transit > Puerto Rico
San Juan

Tren Urbano

The City of San Juan now boasts one of the world's newest metro systems, and the only metro in the Caribbean. The system is called Tren Urbano (or Urban Train). The current system consists of one line, but branches and extensions are planned The line goes through many sections of the city and suburbs. It really needs to be extended into Old San Juan with its busy cruise ship port. The system is fast and clean, but it is also much more expensive then the parallel bus lines.

I rode a short portion of the line during a cruise ship layover. I would have been able to ride more of the system, but traffic in San Juan is horrendous to get from the port to the train which slowed my bus. There are two underground stations on the system that remind me very much of Los Angeles's Red Line stations, very light and airy. The subway cars also seem wider then normal. If I ever get back to San Juan, I'll ride the rest of the system.

Train between runs at the Corazon Terminal near downtown San Juan. (3/27/06) Train departing Corazon. (3/27/06)
Waiting for passengers at Corazon. (3/27/06) View of the "EL" from the street at Corazon. (3/27/06)
Night View at Corazon (3/27/06) There are two subway stations. This is Rio Pedras. Just south of this station is a junction for a future line. Note that the station design is very similar to Los Angeles's metro Red Line. (3/27/06)
This is the Copay station, a typical elevated station on the line. (3/27/06) Very clean, bright and Wide interiors for the subway cars. (3/27/06)
A map showing intersecting bus lines. (3/27/06) Map of the Tren Urbano line. (3/27/06)
 

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