The Regional Government of Madrid transforms Aeropuerto T1- T2-T3 Station into a photography exhibition featuring the history of Metro
The Regional Government of Madrid has inaugurated today the photography exhibition called ‘100 años de Metro’ (‘100 Years of Metro’) in Aeropuerto T1 - T2 - T3 Station. The display, featuring a series of 35 oversized photos installed on the platforms and in the station’s ticket hall, is one of the many activities organised by the regional government to celebrate the Madrid underground’s Centenary. It can be visited until 31 January.
During the inauguration ceremony, the Secretary for Transport, Housing and Infrastructures, Rosalía Gonzalo, pointed out that “this exhibition shows how Metro has evolved in the course of 10 decades, enabling the users who visit it to take a nostalgic journey through the history of the underground”. In addition to historical photographs, visitors will also be able to see what the Metro of the future will be like, through images of the technological advances on which the company is working now and which will soon see the light of day.
The exhibition in the Metro station is complemented by another display located in Terminal 2 of the Adolfo Suarez Madrid-Barajas Airport. This display consists of 20 historical photographs (two per decade), showing the changes undergone by Metro during its 100 years of history. Both are initiatives included in the programme of activities organised to celebrate Metro de Madrid’s Centenary, such as the Centenary Line and the historical train exhibition in Chamartín Station.
100 YEARS OF HISTORY
Metro de Madrid was inaugurated on 17 October 1919 between Sol and Cuatro Caminos with eight stations and four kilometres. In the course of its close to 100 years of history, the network has been progressively expanded and has evolved in pace with the growth of the Autonomous Community of Madrid, adapting to the needs of its users. At the present time, the underground arrives at 12 municipalities in the Madrid region where more than 75% of their inhabitants have a Metro entrance less than 600 metres away from their homes.
And not only can Metro boast of its size. Second only to Shanghai, Madrid’s Metro is the most accessible in the world, with a total of 1,699 escalators and 515 lifts. In 2017, a total of 626.4 million users chose the Madrid underground as their means of transport in the region. The daily average number of users is 2.3 million on working days, with Line 6 ranking as the busiest -103 million users last year-, which is 16% of the total. The most frequented station is Sol, with a daily average of 180,000 passengers.
A WHOLE YEAR OF ACTIVITIES
The Aeropuerto T1 - T2 - T3 photography exhibition is yet another of the initiatives set in motion by the company on the occasion of its Centenary celebration. Thus, last October, King Felipe VI inaugurated the classical train exhibition in Chamartín Station, while the ‘Centenary Line’ -a display of oversized photos in the stations on the original route from Cuatro Caminos to Sol- was unveiled on Line 1.
The new Metro website and a specific microsite for the Centenary were launched in November. Likewise, Metro hosted the annual congress of the International Public Transport Union, launched a drawing contest for children from 6 to 12 years of age from schools in the Autonomous Community of Madrid and initiated its ‘100 Days of Solidarity’.
During the Christmas season, Metro de Madrid has plans for a number of activities relating to its Centenary, such as the Centenary train and children workshops in Metro museums. At the beginning of 2019, the Metro de Madrid Pacífico Engine Shed will house a photography exhibition through which celebrities in the world of culture and sport in Spain will promote the use of public transport. And another celebration will incorporate the world of sport: the Centenary Race to be held on 3 February with an invitation to all Madrilenians to participate in an historic 5-kilometre route above ground between Cuatro Caminos and Sol, along the same route inaugurated in 1919 of what was then known as the North-South Line.