Metro Valparaiso, known as Merval is the underground system serving the chilean district of Gran Valparaiso. It's 43 kilometers long and serves 20 stations. Merval connects the Chilean cities of Limache, Villa Alemana, Quilpue, Vina del Mar and Valparaiso. The service was inaugurated in November 2005. The Valapariso metro runs at street level between Puerto y Recreo stations and by tunnels under the Alvarez and Viana avenues. Back out to surface in El Salto, an industrial neighborhood, before getting into the city.
In 2013 it was used by more than 20.2 million passengers.
The Valparaiso metro is divided into nine sections. His only line is 43 kilometers long has the following stations: Harbour, Bellavista, France, Baron, Portales, Valencia, Quilpué, The Sun, The Bellotto, Recreation, Miramar, Viña del Mar, Hospital, Chorrillos, El Salto, Limache, Las Americas, Concepcion, Villa Alemana, Sargento Aldea, Penablanca. In 2001 several stations were removed due to low usage: Laboral, Valencia, German School and Rumi. The total travel time is 55 minutes.
Valparaiso Metro Sections:
In Valparaiso metro there are several times that influence the price of the trip:
From Monday to Friday during peak hours the frequency is 6 minutes in Puerto-Sargento Aldea and every 12 minutes in Puerto-Limache. In normal hours frequency is 12 minutes Puerto-Limache.
Saturdays frequency is 12 minutes to Port-Limache.
Sundays and holidays frequency is 12 minutes to Port-Limache. Regular hours, 18 minutes.
The Merval rates are a function of distance, time (peak or regular) and day (weekday, weekend, holiday) Curiously, the criteria for a child to have or not to pay the ticket, is not age as in most systems but its height. Taller children than a particular height (tourniquet), will pay.
The only payment method in Metro of Valparaiso is the Metroval card. It is priced at $ 1,350. It is a rechargeable and customizable card. Personalized cards can only be used by the holder. The advantage of customized cards is that you can block if lost or stolen so as balance is preserved. Customize it costs $ 5,000. They can be recharged with cash or via "Redcompra". It is valid for bus and Metro.
It's a pass that allows you to use Merval unlimited for 24 hours. It is priced at $ 2,360 for holders of a regular Metroval card. If traveling in group, you can also use your card to make Metroval unlimited travels for a day. But you can only load a daily card in. That is, if you use the same card for multiple users, after the first validation, the fare will be deducted from your balance.
Valid for 365 days. It is priced at $ 287,000. This metroval card is customized and it can only be used by the owner.
There are Metroval Estudiante Media and Superior with discounts up to 66%. Basic Metroval Student card of up to 100%. The price of these cards is $ 5,000 and have a duration of one year. Card renovations cost $ 3,000. The students card are Metroval customized cards and therefore are not transferable. In this card you can not add more discounts or promotions.
Adulto Mayor card offers a 50% discount. Only over 60 year people can apply for it. It is priced at $ 5,000. The annual renewal price is $ 3,000. It's a customized card and therefore non transferable. The user can't benefit from other discounts or promotions in metroval.
Discapacitado card has a 50% discount. It is priced at $ 5,000. The annual renewal price is $ 3,000. It is a customized card and therefore non transferable. The user can't benefit from other discounts or promotions in metroval.
Fine for not having a ticket is $ 1,623.
In Valparaiso metro you are allowed to carry bikes on weekends and holidays, with a special card, metrobici, which costs $ 5,000.
Each car can carry up to 4 bikes. Allowed stations to carry in a bike: Puerto, France, Portales, Miramar, Hospital, El Salto, El Sol, La Conception, Sergeant Village y Limache.
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