Milan celebrates Metro anniversary

50 years of line M1

On 1 November 1964 at 10.41, the first train on Milan’s M1 metro line left Piazzale Lotto station to run the 12.5 km to Sesto Marelli with just 2 coaches.

Half a century on, the red line is still, with its 38 stations and 27 km of line and carrying almost half a million passengers every year, the backbone of the city’s underground transport system. It was the world’s 28th underground line to be built, while today there are 162 lines worldwide.

City transport authority ATM is joining with city hall and Fondazione Milano on Saturday 1 November to celebrate the golden anniversary with theatre, dance and music events on board the trains and in the corridors of S. Babila, Duomo, Cairoli and Cadorna stations.

And at 11.30 on Saturday an “emotonal tunnel” called Milano SottoSopra” (Milan upside-down) will be opened on Piazza Castello with vintage photos and videos to recount the history of Line M1. Some 20 metres long and 5 wide, the free exhibition will have sections dedicated to the history of the line and another to its present and future. The display will stay open all through November, weekdays from 13.00 to 19.00 and weekends from 10.00 to 19.00.

New anniversary tickets will be on sale from today to mark the occasion.

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