La Empresa de Transporte Masivo del Valle de Aburrá Ltda. (Metro de Medellín Ltd.) was founded on May 31, 1979 with the end goal of constructing, administering, and operating the mass transit system of Medellín. Keeping these ambitions in mind, Metro de Medellín has generated development and sought to enrich the quality of life for the citizens of Valle de Aburrá. With equal cooperation between the city of Medellín and the region of Antioquia, this project was brought to fruition, allowing for the creation of Metro de Medellín.
In 1979, the firm Mott, Hay & Anderson Ltda. conducted studies on technical and economic feasibility; the contract for these studies was extended to include the development of international bidding conditions. In 1980, the project underwent consideration by the national government. In December 1982, the National Council for Social and Economic Policy approved it. The Council authorized the company’s external contracting for all necessary resources for the project; in 1984 the Council awarded the construction works to German and Spanish firms.
November 30, 1995 marked the beginning of commerical operations for the first section of Metro de Medellín’s system, situated between the Niquía and Poblado stations on Line A. Later, its range was extended to the Itagüí station on Line A and all the way to the western part of the city for Line B. On August 7, 2004 the Line K Metrocable came into operation in the northeast; on March 3, 2008 the Line J Metrocable began servicing the central and northwestern zones.
In 2009 the Arví Cable, Metro de Medellín’s new aerial cable line for tourists, was set in motion in order to serve all citizens of el Valle de Aburrá and its surrounding towns. In 2010, the Southern Extension project was unveiled with the intention of stretching Line A to the La Estrella area. Today, the system relies on 31 different stations – 19 on Line A and 6 on Line B for a total of 25 stations with Metro service; 3 on Line K and 3 on Line J for a total of 6 stations with Metrocable service.
In the year 2008, Metro conveyed 154,896,951 people, thus adding up to a total 1,425 million users that have been transported with speed and safety, sound information and presentation, attributes, which embody Metro’s commitment to service.