Salvador and Lauro de Freitas’ Metro System
The paperwork for the metro started in 1997, but it wasn’t until the year 2000 that the construction of The Salvador’s metro system started, whose objective was to create a direct way from Lapa to Pau de Lima. This construction was supervised by the transport Company of Bahia. Inauguration was planned for 2003, but after many delays, they proposed it was in 2008.
After these delays, they acquired 6 trains and 24 wagons, which were given in 2 parts, the first in November, 2008, and the second in January, 2009. In August of 2010, they finally sent in the rails for the metro. In 2011, there were many protests due to the delay on the inauguration. Because of this, the government declared that the metro service would be free during its initial phase. Finally, in July of 2014, the Salvador Metro’s line 1 was inaugurated by President Dilma Rouseff. It was done at this time, to transport tourists that were going to the World Cup and during this time, only tourists that had a World Cup entrance were allowed to use the system.
Lines and stations
Currently, line 1 is the only working line, which has 8 stations and is almost 12km long.
1. Lapa stations: Located in Vale do Tororo avenue, next to the Lapa, Nazare’s bus stop. It has 1 central platform, 3 escalators, 1 floor, and 3 elevators. It’s not a very tall building. It has a beautiful skylight that lets the natural light come in. It’s got a 1km long tunnel that communicates with the Campo da Polvora station. In its surroundings you may find mall Shopping Piedades, Military Base for the Municipal Guard. (It also has parking spaces for the disabled).
2. Campo da Pólvora station: Located in the Campo Largo da Polvora plaza, Nazaré. Has 2 lateral platforms, 18 escalators, 3 floors, 3 elevators and 2 access points of entrance. In the superior part of the building, there’s a futuristic looking skylight, that allows for natural light to come in on the first floor salon. In its surroundings you may find Ruy Barbosa lighthouse, and The Fonte Nova Arena.
3. Brotas station: Located in Mario Leal Ferreira avenue (Bonocô) It has 2 lateral platforms, 6 escalators, 2 floors, 3 elevators, and 2 access points or entrances. In its surroundings, you may find the Center of Service for Teens, Police Station of Juvenile Delinquents and the army hospital.
4. Bonocô station: Located in the Mario Leal Ferreira avenue (Bonocô). Has 2 lateral platforms, escalators, elevators, bicycle rental, and public restrooms. Is the most differential architectural project in the Boconô station. For the front, aluminum panels will be used and other architectonic pieces, to protect the place from sun and bring natural ventilation.
5. Acceso Norte station: Located in El Retiro street. It has 2 lateral platforms, 4 escalators, 1 floor, 3 elevators, parking for the disabled, 108 parking spots for bikes and a bus stop. Around there you may also see the mall Bela Vista and supermarket Extra.
6. Retiro station: Located in the furthest Street down San Antonio, Retiro. It has 2 boarding platforms, 4 escalators, 2 elevators, parking for the disabled, bicycle rental, and it connects to the bus stop and public restrooms. In its surroundings you may find Brazilian expressway BR-324, which connects with Balsas, Maranon, and Salvador; also, Luis Eduardo Magalaes avenue where you can find various hotels such as the Chasmilli Hotel.
7. Bom Juá station: Located in Direta do Bom Jua street. Has 2 boarding platforms, 2 escalators, 2 elevators, parking for the disabled and 78 parking spots for bikes. Nearby you may find, Federal highway BR-324, which connects Balsas, Maranon and Salvador, Luis Eduardo Magallanes avenue and Barros Reis avenue.
8. Pirajá station: Located in Indonesia Street. Has 2 lateral platforms, escalators, elevators, bicycle rental, and public restrooms. In its surroundings you may find Brazilian Federal Highway BR-324, which connects Balsas, Maranon and Salvador; and, Piraja’s terminal of passenger integration.
The following stations have been planned:
- Brasilgas/ Campinas station
- Cajazeiras/Aguas Claras statio
It’s under construction.
- 1. Acceso Norte station: It is under construction and will connect line 1 and 2. Will have 2 lateral platforms, escalators, elevators, public restrooms and it will connect to the bus stop. In its surroundings you may find mall Bela Vista and Supermarket Extra.
- 2. Detran station: Will have 2 lateral platforms. Escalators, elevators, public restrooms and bicycle rental. In its surroundings you may find the Salvador’s bus station
- 3. Rodoviaria station: will have 2 lateral platforms, escalators, elevators, public restrooms, will connect to bus stop and bicycle rental. Around it you may find the Bahia’s Mall.
They plan to inaugurate the following stations in line 2, by October 2017:
- Pernambues Station.
- Imbui Station.
- CAB (Bahía’s Administrative Center) Station.
- Pituaçu Station.
- Flamboyant Station.
- Tamburugy Station.
- Bairro da Paz Station.
- Mussurunga Station.
- Salvador’s International Airpor Stationt
- Lauro de Freitas Station.
Functions from 5:00am-12:00am every day of the week.
Type of Cards
Unity card, which gives you the right to one exclusive trip in the metro and has a Price of 3,30 reais.
Integration Card, which you can re-charge, and can be used for metro or bus. You won’t need to carry money in your pockets, just the card, which you can add as much money as you’d like, and they charge you every time you scan it. After adding 5 reais or more, the card won’t be worth anything.
“Valle-Transport” card is for employers to pay for their employee’s transport.
Student card is a re-loadable card that has a lot of benefits for the student. For students to be able to use this benefit, their educational institutions, must subscribe their students in the Bahia’s Metro System.
You may purchase the tickets in any kiosk located in every station of the Salvador Metro system.
To use the metro you must deposit the cards in slots, at the entrance of the stations.
Tips for safe travel in the Salvador’ Metro:
- Always go on the right side of the escalator, and hold the rail.
- Children older than 6 years old have to pay for their ticket.
- Hold children by the hand at all times.
- Keep your distance from the train before it arrives.
- Wait for the train to arrive and open its doors before crossing the yellow line, which represents safety limit.
- You will not be able to leave the train once the doors are closed.
- For your own safety, keep away from the doors when they’re opening or closing.
- Never go down to the train tracks. If a personal object were to fall, contact station staff.
- Protect your belongings.