Medellín is well-known for its urban planning efforts over the years; one of the star projects of these plans is the Medellín Metro. It first came into use in 1995, and was one of Colombia’s first mass transportation systems; to this day, it’s still the country’s only metro system
When it first opened, the metro system was welcomed by Medellín’s residents. It quickly turned into a symbol of growth and progress, and brought concrete benefits to the city. With transport between key areas becoming more efficient, so did local business and commerce. There were also positive impacts on the tourism sector; since it was now so much easier to get around the city, visitors saw it as a more appealing option for their international travels.
There were also socioeconomic improvements, since the Metro passed through both wealthy and poor districts. This gave residents in the urban outskirts greater access to economic opportunities, helping lessen the gap between rich and poor neighborhoods.
There are currently two lines of the Medellín Metro. Line A is 16 miles long, and has 21 stops; Line B is 3.4 miles long, and has 7 stops. There’s also a tram line, called “Line T-A”.