Metro do Porto - Articles and news items

Understanding Metro do Porto’s successful business strategy

Issue 4 2012  •  31 August 2012  •  João Nuno Aleluia, Exploitation Department Manager, Metro do Porto

Metro do Porto (MP) integrates six municipalities of the Porto Metropolitan Area (PMA). Playing the backbone role of PMA while structuring the territory, MP offers a high capacity urban transport network, furthering the integration of modes and operators.

From its early stages, MP focused on the capacity and technical performance of the network system, but this gradually evolved into focusing on clients and business, and by the end of the first phase of network construction (between 2000 and 2006), MP’s main concern shifted to optimising transport supply by effectively using resources to maximise the use of the metro system to reflect the PMA’s growing population and demand.

The primary business objective of MP is to carry the maximum possible number of passengers every day. Its vision is to promote sustainable mobility and the region’s com – petitiveness, while creating a quality service to ensure citizens’ well-being.

Porto’s new tram-train and the importance of cultural events

Issue 4 2010  •  19 August 2010  •  Teresa Stanislau, Operation Manager, Metro do Porto, Jorge Afonso Morgado, Director of Communication Office, Metro do Porto

The operation of Metro do Porto’s network is a huge challenge – combining the Red and Green suburban lines with the urban service of all the other lines. We intend to provide a different service for long and short distance clients that still offers both comfort and ease of access for all. Our tram-train vehicle made this possible with the segregation of seating areas and the benefits of being a partial low floor vechile.

Our long distance passengers can now comfortably travel on one of the 100 seats watching TV, while at the same time 148 short distance travellers can easily get in and out of the vehicle, even during peak hours when the maximum capacity is required (248 passengers).

Andante: a new mobility concept and an interoperability dream

Issue 4 2009, Past issues  •  20 September 2009  •  Mário Coutinho dos Santos, Chief Financial Officer of Metro do Porto and Chief Executive Officer of TIP

The Andante intermodal system aims to provide a new concept in public transportation, and is based on an integrated mobility system focused on the customer and oriented by the market. In contrast with traditional transport systems, Andante is based on co-opetition (cooperative competition) among various transport operators, who assume a new role on the transport system: mobility providers.

The last decades have witnessed substantive changes in mobility patterns. The development of new centralities in metropolitan areas has induced new flows of mobility within their most peripheral regions. At the same time, motives for travelling have also developed beyond the most traditional commuter trips, such as home-work and home-school, which has introducing greater complexity to travelling on public transport networks. The cumulative effect of these two phenomena may contribute to explain the sustained reduction in the quota of public transport since the early 1990s.

Metro do Porto: a success story moving 50 million people every year

Issue 4 2008  •  18 August 2008  •  Ricardo Fonseca, Chairman and CEO, Metro do Porto, SA

Metro do Porto was recently awarded by UITP as the Best New Light Rail System. The company has achieved an incredible 80% increase in its client rate, which recognises that this new mode of transport has had an impact at a variety of levels.