On September 25th, 1987 the consortium of the Metropolitan Trains Fortress was constituted, and later on extinguished on May 30, 1997, after many time extensions without having developed the established project. From that moment, the battle began to expand the idea of creating a company that handled the Metro Fortaleza.
On 1999, the first facets of the South Line were built, which was inaugurated the 15th of June of 2012. In 2014, the West line was inaugurated and they began construction of the East line.
Lines and Stations
South line is 24km long, and 18 stations. A full trip on this line would take around 33minutes.
The South line is composed of 18 stations which are:
- Central Station Chico Da Silva: It’s located in the neighborhood of Moura, next to the San Juan Bautista Cemetery.
- Station Jose de Alencar: It’s located in the neighborhood of Centro; It has two entrances; one by the Plaza Jose de Alencar and the other by the Emperador avenue. Around it, you can find the theater Jose de Alencar, Plaza Lagoinha, General Hospital Cesar Cals, amongst others.
- Station SÄO BENEDITO: It’s located in the neighborhood of Centro, on the Tristâo Gonçalves Avenue. By its surroundings you may see the store “Acal” and Church San Benito.
- Station Benfica: Located in the neighborhood of Benfica. In its surroundings we can find the principal entrance to the shopping center Benfica and the Carapinima Avenue.
- Station Porangabussu: Located in the neighborhood of Damas and has access to the professor Costa Mendes Street. In its surroundings you may find, HEMOCE and University Hospital Walter Cantidio.
- Station Couto Fernandes: Located in the neighborhood of Demócrito Rocha, has access through José Bastos avenue. Around it, you may see, the INCRA, the Shopping do Automovel and the supermarket Center Box.
- Station Parangaba: Located in the neighborhood of Parangaba, has access through Silas Munguba avenue. In its surroundings you may see, the Parangaba bus stop, Parangaba Mall, and the Matriz de Parangaba Church.
- Station Vila Pery: Located in the neighborhood of Vila Pery, has access through the Cônego de Castro street.
- Station Manoel Satiro: Located in the neighborhood of Vila Manoel Satiro, has access through Manoel Satiro street. By there, you may also find the Department of Traffic.
- Station Mondubim: Located in the neighborhood of Mondubim, has access through the Manoel Satiro Street and through the Clube street. Around it, you may find the Urban Center of culture, art, science and sport.
- Station Esperança: Located in the neighborhood of Esparança, has access through the Penetraáo Leste avenue and D avenue.
- Station Aracape: Located in the neighborhood of Santa Rosa Park, has access through the Manoel Satiro Street and the Ozorio Correia street.
- Station Alto Alegre: Located in the neighborhood of Alto Allegre, has access through the Anel Viári avenue. By its surroundings, you may find the DURAMENTAL industry.
- Station Raquel de Queiroz: Located in the neighborhood of Acaracuzinho, has access through the Central Sul avenue and the Central Norte avenue. In its surroundings you may see gas station Shell “Posto Metrô”.
- Station Virgílio Távora: Located in the neighborhood of Conjunto Novo Maracanaú, has access through the Sul avenue. You may see the Administrative Building of Sorvetest Frosty, by here.
- Station Maracanaú: Located in the neighborhood of Centro-Maracanaú, has access through the Plaza Henrique Mendes. Around it, you may find, Maracanau’s Principal Church, North mall of Maracanau, Brasion Bank, and General Hospital of Maracanau.
- Station Jereissati: Located in the neighborhood of Boa Vostai has access through the Manoel Pereira street. Around it, you may find, the Maracanau’s syndicate of rural workers and the health center Joao Pereira de Andrade.
- Station Carlito Benevides: Located in the neighborhood of Bom Futuro, has access through 15th street and through sixth and seventh Street. In its surroundings, you may find, Santa Maria’s Basic Unit of Health and the school Manuel Rosendo Freire.
The Schedule of the South line, is from Monday to Saturday from 7:00am to 19:00p.m.
Points of Interest
Nearby the South line, you may also find:
- Fortaleza’s Center
- Neighborhood Benfica
- Part of Neighborhood Damas.
- Plaza Capistrano de Abreu
- Commercial Center Shopping Metrô
- Commercial Center Shopping Benfica
- Church Bom Jesus dos Aflitos
- Commercial Center Shopping Parangaba
- Catholic Church Discipulado de Jesus Cristo
- 7th Day Adventist Church
- Cultural Center Mondumbim
- Church Nuestra Señora del Perpetuo
- Mini-museum Firmeza
- Shopping Center Padaria Atrativo
- Plaza Major Braz
- Catholic Church de Säo José.
- Sara Nossa Terra Vila Das Flores, Pacatuba.
The West line is 19,5km long, and has 10 stations. A full trip of this line would be around 30 minutes. It can carry up to 1532 passengers per trip.
The South line has 10 stations which are:
- Station Moura Brasil: Located in the Adarias de Lima Street, and at the corner of Padre Mororo Street. In its surroundings you may find the Sao Joao Batista Cemetery and the Central Station of Chico da Silva (South Line)
- Station Alvaro Weyne: Located in Tenente Lisboa avenue with Safra Street. You may see Sr. Theberge avenue around the area.
- Station Padre Andrade: Located in Tenente Lisboa avenue with Banvarth Bezerra Street. In its surroundings you may find the Industry Guararapes Confeccçoes.
- Station Bezerra de Menezes: Located in José Aciolly street. In its surroundings you may find the José Aciolly street and Tenente Lisboa avenue.
- Station Sao Miguel: Located in Sao Mateus Street, in the neighborhood Jurema (Caucaia). Around there you may find the Street Alto das Pedrinhas.
- Station Parque Albano: Located between avenue F and Avenue J, in the neighborhood Conjunto Ceara. In its surroundings you may find School Liceu do Conjunto Ceará.
- Station Conjunto Ceará: Located in the Neighborhood Conjunto Ceará.
- Station Jurema: Located in Dom Almeida Lustosa avenue..
- Station Araturi: Located in Contorno Oeste Norte avenue, in the Araturi neighborhood.
- Station Caucaia: Located in Coronel Correia Street in the neighborhood Centro (Caucaia).
The schedule of the West line, will be from Monday to Saturday from 5:30am until 20:30pm.
Points of Interest
Nearby the West line, you may also find:
- Catholic Church Nuestra Señora de Fatima.
- Bar Do Detim
- Bar 24 horas Italo.
- Magda Lanchonete
- Restaurant Joao e Maria (chocolate store).
- Evangelical Church of Deus Canaa Olavo Oliveira.
- Market José Maria
- Pizza and ice-cream place LuryBurguer.
- Restaurant Sabor Da Casa.
- Pentecostal Church Ministerio Galardao.
- Supermarket Exito Mercantil.
- CAJU museum
- Churrascaria Sao Francisco. (Restaurant specialized in grilled dishes)
- Espentinho Quebra Pote (Restaurant specialized in grilled dishes)
- Supermarket Estrela.
The expansions for METROFOR were planned as follows:
1) Inaugurate the West line in 2019. This line will be 12km long and will have 13 stations that go from the Central Station to the Chico Da Silva Station.
2) The Maranguape line, has no inauguration date. It will measure 7,2km, and will have 2 stations that will go from the Jereissati station to the Maranguape station.
The tickets are very economic!
- A basic ticket called “Vale Trem”, costs 1.00 Real.
- For students, the deal is even better, given that for them is 0,50 reals. It is a crime to use a fake student ID.
- Elders, who are over 65 years of age, have the right to travel free with this metro system.
- In this train you can get to the International airport of Pinto Martins, and to the Mucuripe port, on the station of Mucuripe.
- This train goes to a commercial speed of 50km/h and can reach a maximum speed of 80km/h.
- Citizens recommend using METROFOR to avoid the city traffic, and also add that their stations are very pretty, the architecture is excellent, and the trains are very comfortable and of good quality.