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Metrotranvia di Sassari - ARST SpA
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This page shows images of the Metrosassari, also known as the Metrotranvia di Sassari.
Metrotranvia di Sassari is a 950mm gauge tram-train system operated by ARST Gestione FdS, later ARST SpA (Trasporti Regionali della Sardegna). The single route has a new urban section which links to the existing suburban narrow gauge Sorso branch line, also used by railcars of the Ferrovie della Sardegna (FdS). The system is single-track with passing places. The 2.45 km (1.5 miles) urban tramway section of the line (from Stazione to Emiciclo Garibaldi) opened in October 2006, linking the railway station with the city centre via the hospital district. Services over the railway section began in September 2009. This section is 1.9 km long and connects Sassari's railway station with the district of Santa Maria di Pisa. This FdS branch also has a diesel railcar service through to Sorso (10km).
Services are run with just three Sirio trams and only two are needed off-peak. Numbered SS01-SS03, they were designed by Pininfarina and built by AnsaldoBreda. The Sirio design has also been ordered by Florence, Naples, Milan, Gothenburg, Athens, Debrecen and Samsun.
Electrification is under construction beyond Santa Maria to Li Punti and Baldinca, and planned to extend through to Sorso. It is also planned to electrify the line to Alghero (28km) which has received massive civil engineering investment in recent years to renew tracks and build huge new bridges to shorten the route where the railway previously followed the contours around the valley. In leisurely Sardegna, the gestation period for the existing system was quite lengthy, so I do expect trams in Alghero any time soon, particularly in the current financial climate.
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