Thursday, September 8, 2016
Lisbon Metro – Nice ride!
I had occasion to spend a few days in Lisbon recently and of course did several rides on the Metro.
My review? Nice ride!
The system is well laid out, with four lines criss-crossing one another in a dense network in the city center. Trains are clean and frequent. Stations are clean with clear signage and are decorated with bright, tasteful station art – traditional Portuguese tiles with updated images. Every major tourist and business destination in the center is served with the exception of some in very hilly neighborhoods, which need special treatment. (One clever solution is found at the Baixa-Chiado station. The station’s platforms are in the lower town – Baixa – but there is a long escalator link to the Chiado district in the upper town. Photo of the Chiado entrance below). There are direct connections to commuter rail and ferry terminals. Maps and line charts are clear and easy to understand.
What demerits can be given? Not many. Some of the underground transfers are long, but that’s a feature of most large networks. Occasionally three-car trains (as opposed to the normal 8 or 10) appear, with little warning, stop at the top end of the platform, and zoom off as customers are still running down the platform to catch it.
But overall an excellent system!
Why can’t we do that here? (And why do I have to keep asking this question?)
More on the other aspects of Lisbon transit (trams, buses, funiculars, tuk-tuks, etc.) in another post.