Light-rail Metro, Line 3

Place Cagliari
Country Italy
Client ARST Regional Transport Company of Sardinia
Team Politecnica Ingegneria e Architettura, SYSTRA-SOTECNI, Laut engineering
Assignment Definitive, detailed design phases for architecture, structures and MEP
Dates of services 2017

The Project

The project involves the construction of the second lot of line 3 of Cagliari light rail, a new route about 2.5 km long that will complete the metropolitan system of the city, developing entirely on an urban site.

The lot we have designed is an important functional section of line 3, as it connects the University campus  – Policlinico with line 1 and, therefore, with the area of Cagliari surrounding Piazza della Repubblica, Viale Diaz, Roma Street, as far as the railway and car stations of Piazza Matteotti, as well as the next university area in the former Semoleria zone.

Fermata "Darsena"
"Municipio" stop

The extension of the existing metro network will bring significant improvements to the mobility of over 7,000 potential passengers per day, with 6 new stops that will help reduce city traffic and pollution, for a total investment of 22 million euros.

The new line aims to rebalance the modal split of traffic circulation in favor of public transport, through a system that will guarantee faster and more reliable journeys, with protected and privileged routes.

"Darsena" and "Station" stop

The new line consolidates existing road axes and images of the city, without affecting the perception of urban spaces, thus introducing some important new elements. One of these is represented by the small architectural elements introduced at the new stops, which take up the basic visual features of the existing stops, becoming an element of continuity and enhancing the city context.

The image of the new line has been conceived to tell the user its story, in stages, managing to convey the value and commitment of the various stakeholders for a common interest, increasing the confidence in the use of public transport and speeding the transfer between the lines.

Its leitmotiv lies in the simple shapes and rational spaces dedicated to the future metro line. The canopies of the 6 stops along the route, their shape, materials and colors have been chosen  to avoid overloading the urban context already featuring important elements, and aim to requalify the overall image of the area they fit in.