On the Broad Gauge

Life from the West Sunshine State with a transport bent

Wednesday, May 07, 2008

Which of these is not a metro?

Metro appears to be the transport buzz word of the moment:

Brisbane Courier Mail:
Designer advises Brisbane to go underground for metro rail

Sydney Morning Herald:
Bye heavy rail, now for a north-west metro

The "Eddington Report" from Melbourne:
melbourne metro -‘new generation’ rail tunnel (warning PDF)

But what is a metro anyway?

The dictionary defines it as

• noun (pl. metros) an underground railway system in a city, especially Paris.
So, quickly now, which of the following is doesn't have "metro" anywhere in its name? (I'll accept two or three in the answer)


2. (please excuse gratuitous picture of me)






Answers next time - and with it some rational discussion on why it matters.

(for images 1, 4, and 6 I am indebted to Wikimedia Commons, and in particular photographers Chris McKenna and "Pline")

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At 10:35 PM, Blogger Daniel Bowen said...

Well, the London Underground (5) and the DLR (6) aren't called Metros, but would meet the definition.

Not sure the dictionary definition really gives the full picture. To my mind it implies frequent service (not just in peak times) - something missing from parts of the so-called Adelaide Metro (7).


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