History of Line 1 of the Naples Metro
2013: On December 31 the new station, Garibaldi, opens to the public. The service of Metro Line 1 is active on the double track line Garibaldi - Piscinola.
The entire line reaches 18 km, with 17 stations and a journey time of just 33 minutes.
With a single trip every 8 minutes, from Stazione Centrale you can reach the old town center with Università, Toledo, Dante and Museo station and the hill districts, up to the last stop Piscinola-Scampia, on the northern outskirts of the city.
2012: at the end of the year the transport holding company Napolipark is born, entrusted with the coordination and merger of ANM (road transport) Metronapoli (rail transport) and Napolipark (stop and parking) for the establishment of a single operator of urban mobility.
2012: On September 17 TOLEDO station is inaugurated, last born of the “Stations of Art” of the metro and intermediate stop of the shuttle route Dante-Università. The project bears the signature of the Catalan architect Oscar Tousquets Blanca.
2011: On March 28 the new stretch connecting Dante station to Università is opened. The extension of the network of 1.9 km includes Toledo station and Municipio, opening soon.
2007: Metronapoli transport system progresses. The light metro line, Line 6 opens to the public with the first four stops Mergellina, Augusto, Lala and Tecchio on a route of 2,5 km.
2006: Metronapoli Spa is a public joint-stock company. The majority shareholder is the Municipality of Naples with 89% of the shares, while 11% belongs to Anm, which is a municipal controlled company as well.
2005: The partnership with Trenitalia is dissolved and its share, 38% is acquired by the Municipality of Naples. Trenitalia withdraws the business branch and the management of Line 2, while Line 1 and the four funiculars (Centrale-Montesanto-Chiaia e Mergellina) remain under the exclusive management of Metronapoli.
2002: In March, in the presence of Head of State Carlo Azeglio Ciampi Dante station is also inaugurated, but only in the end of December the whole route Dante - Piscinola is fully operational.
2001: On February 1, the management of the entire network - Line 1, Line 2 and Funiculars is entrusted to Metronapoli, a company belonging to the Municipality of Naples, Trenitalia Group and ANM. On April 14 the shuttle service Museo – Vanvitelli is opened to the public.
1995: The line is extended to Piscinola.
1993: In July the first stretch of four kilometers Vanvitelli-Colli Aminei is inaugurated.
1985: In February, an agreement is signed for the construction of the stretch Colli Aminei – Secondigliano with the contribution of the EEC, which would finance the metro as long as the line would served commuters. On May 10 of the same year three construction sites are opened between Arenella and Colli Aminei and works begin to move quickly.
1980: On the evening of November 23, the earth trembles for 90 seconds and the construction works for the metro stop. Before they can resume the excavations it is necessary to adapt the whole design to new earthquake standards and to consolidate the buildings above the line.
1976/1977: Metropolitana Milanese is replaced by the consortium Metronapoli. At this point works must begin immediately because the disbursement of funds is subject to the beginning of works by the end of that year. They opt for the final design of a short route from Piazza Bernini to Piazza Medaglie d’Oro. On Wednesday, December 22, 1976 the first site is inaugurated. In June 1977, the final design is ready (but still rough) from Garibaldi to Colli Aminei, approved by the city council in November.
1972: On March 3, the company Metropolitana di Napoli is founded; it was initially a group of public operators, with 51% in the hands of Mm, Metropolitana Milanese.
1967: The idea of a rack system takes shape. A preliminary design, that from Piazza Bovio, passing through the interchange node of Montesanto, reches Piazza Medaglie d’Oro and then Colli Aminei is presented. But the hypothesis is rejected for the significant limitations that a rack railway entailed, in terms of speed, maintenance and transport capacity (not more than 12,000 persons/hour). The only way is the traditional system. 1969: Law 1042 of December 29, 1969 which financed the construction and operation of metropolitan railways, gives a decisive boost to solve the problem of raising funds.
1963: The history of Line 1 begins this year. The possibility of a connection between Vomero and Centro to increase the provision of transport in the city is taken into account. The initial idea is a new funicular connecting Piazza Matteotti with Rione Alto, up to Colli Aminei. However, the project is shelved: it is impossible to think of a rope system for such a long route.