Metro Frjálshöfn

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Frjálshöfnurjarðlest is the Metro network of Frjálshöfn. It is the only metro network in Sigurðland, the north-eastern part of Norðurland. It is the backbone of the public transport service in the city, allowing fast transits from the suburbs to the city center.

Complete metro network of Frjálshöfn

History

Initial situation

Due to the archipelagic structure of the Frjalshöfn metropolitan area, the distances between city districts are quite vast. Some suburbs are more than 40 kilometers away from the city center. In the eastern and southern outskirts, the city development followed some few but densely populated main axis which led to few but heavily used traffic routes. Additionally, Frjálshöfn has two separate train stations. Northbound trains headed for the Northern Station (Norðurbrautarstöð) and westbound trains departed from the Southern Station (Suðurbrautarstöð). Furthermore, there was no well-developed Lest Suburban Rail service.

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Network

Structure and designations

The network features five trunk routes in the city center, (almost) each one branching out to two or more lines in the suburbs. Altogether, the network currently comprises twelve lines. The trunk lines are enumerated from J1 to J5, the branch lines have double-digit numbers. The first digit indicates the related trunk line while the second one is individual for each serviced combination of branches.

Network structure

However, this numbers aren't used on the maps, trains or stations. If you are on a J4 trunk route station, waiting for a westbound train, the trains all will be tagged as J4 together with the destination, regardless of the branch line: J4 - Lassðalsvöllur (which is the J41 branch) or J4 - Grinðhólmi Norður (which is the J42 branch). More important is the individual color tag each line has assigned. The lines of each trunk route feature the same base color (yellow for the J4 lines, for example), where each branch line has a slightly different shade. This color is used on maps, train signs and stations, so users can identify their line by corporate design.

Route J1

J1 route

J1 is the only line which does not branch. This is the result of several network extensions, especially the construction of the J5 route, during the last 15 years. However, the tracks between Suðurbrautarstöð and Keitur Miðbær are still used by two lines; J52 uses this part of the route to service the Garðabær branch. On network maps, blue is used to tag this line.

Today, J1 starts on surface at Versturhraunholt, which is the long-term terminus of this route. It then describes a large northbound half circle towards the Sinnfælt railway station, servicing the suburbs of Grænneyja, Hraunholt and Rænsteinn, where it turns underground. Interchange to the Farþegalest network is possible in Versturhraunholt and Rænsteinn. From Sinnfælt where it meets lines J22 and J42, it continues southwards to Kverðnir, where it changes to viaduct again. The line then turns north-east towards Keitur, where the depot for lines J1 and J5 is situated and where it merges with the J51 branch line. The route then underpasses Keitur, crosses a Farþegalest route, turns back to the surface for about two kilometres before it finally turns into an underground line. After underpassing the suburb of Christianssandur, it turns north to reach Suðurbrautarstöð, where J51 seperates from J1 again. J1 continues towards the city centre, where it meets the trunk routes of J2 and J3 at Miðbæjarkjarni station, which also offers interchange to the Farþegalest. The line continues towards the suburb of Dæmen, where it has two important stations: Norðurbrautarstöð (interchange to J4 trunk) and Dæmenbrautarstöð (interchange to J5 trunk). Behind Dæmen, J1 turns north-west and underpasses Egilsstaðir as well as Hamrar. In Northern Hamrar, the tracks turn back to the surface, passing Hvítanes and Hólar before they reach the terminus, Fjálshöfnuraðalbrautarstöð. Currently, a prolongation with three new stations towars Hárkholt Norður is under construction.

The J1 route will be prolonged to XYZ. Three new stations are to be build. The line length will grow from 50 km to 55 km. J1 is one of the most busy lines of the network. At the moment, a further consolidation of intervals isn't possible due to the common usage of the tracks between Suðurbrautarstöð and Keitur Miðbær. This critical bottleneck will be eliminated with the construction of the J6 line, when the branch to Garðabær will be taken over from the J62 branch.

Route J2

J2 route

The J2 route comprises three lines. It was planned with two branches on each side, leading from the northern suburbs eastwards via the city center. The trunk route begins in Seljarnes and ends in Sikkið. A third line was added in 1999, interconnecting the suburbs east of the city center. This line only uses a small part of the trunk route. On network maps, the lines appear in red color tones.

Trunk

Starting in Seljarnes Miðbær, the trunk route begins only two stations away from the city center. Before reaching Miðbæjarkjarni station, it crosses the J5 trunk route at Kauphöll station. It continues to the north-west, passing Brekkur and Selás and reaching Krónsteinnbrautarstöð, where J23 joins the trunk route. From there, the lines continue on or above surface, passing Weisdæl. At Weisdæl Austur, the depot for the J2 lines is situated. Also, line J21 leaves the trunk route which turns north to reach station Sikkið Suður, where the trunk route ends.

J21

Line J21 begins at Vonderborgbrautarstöð. Currently, there are no plans to prolong the line. It leads south-eastern towards Bog where it meets with the J32 branch line and Grönvöllur, where a Farþegalest interchange is offered. It then turns north-east and east when it reaches the island of Koltur, where it turns to the surface. It continues slightly south-east towards Kampes. In Kampes Norðurbrautarstöð, the line is again interconnected to the Farþegalest network. When leaving Kampes, the line goes underground again and merges with line J22 at Seljarnes Miðbær to form the trunk route.

Leaving the trunk route at Weisdæl Austur, the line services the islands of Bakkar and Kársnes before reaching the mainland. It then describes a curve west of the city of Hús, before it joins the local railroad and terminating at Húsbrautarstöð. Also, no extension plans are existing for this side of the line.

J22

In it's current form, J22 begins at Meiðlinn. It passes the south-east of Erikslundur, before it turns north-east towards Sinnfæltbrautarstöð where it meets lines J1 and J42. There is a plan suggesting the reolcation of the western J22 branch from Sinnfæltbrautarstöð on. Line J42, currently terminating there, would take over the descripted branch of J22 while the new J22 line will turn north again, servicing Erikslundur, Rænsteinn(J1, J53), Rungir (J32) Arnarnes (Farþegalest) and Skipanes (J33) before terminating at Fjallhliðbrautarstöð. From Sinnfælt, the line follows the long-drawn-out island of Línnur before arriving at Seljarnesbrautarstö and finally merges with line J21.

From Sikkið Suður, the line continues northwards and turns underground before reaching the next station, Sikkid Austur. It continues to Eðlir and Sleþ before arriving at Foldir, where the line turns to the surface and terminates at Foldirbrautarstöð, which is the designated long-term terminus.

Currently, new tracks are being built between Krónsteinnbrautarstöð and Weisdæl Austur. All stations in between will be skipped, allowing to acceleratie line J22 which is designated to use this line and also allowing to consolidate the intervals on all three J2 lines.

J23

Starting in Lágurhóll, line J23 runs eastward, coming to the surface and servicing Eldur (Farþegalest interchange) and northern Wiðnur. When reaching Riðjarnes, the tracks almost traversed more water than land. The line then touches Hvörf and Málnes before it goes underground to underpass the Stærrifrjálshöfnurskurður. At Traðir, the line joins with the J3 trunk route at station Traðir Norður. Then, J23 comes back to the surface again, servicing the suburb of Selás before merging with the trunk route at Krónsteinnbrautarstöð.

Leaving Sikkið Suður, the line turns north-west to reach Mikál, Ofanhólmi (Farþegalest interchange) and Tún, where interchange to J51 is possible. Finally, the line reaches the town of Hjallar where it terminates. It will be prolonged to Tungur in 2019.

Route J3

J3 route

Interconnecting the north-western suburbs with the eastern ones, route J3 carries the most passengers and comprises the longest branch lines in the network, with as long as 70 kilometers. The trunk route is also the longest one of the network, starting in Breiðhattur, leading to Dankar. At Dankar, a part of the station is co-used by a J5 branch line. The lines of this route appear in green tones.

Trunk

The trunk route is completely underground. It starts on the mainland in Breiðhattur Suður. While mostly following the Völlursborgnarvegur, it leads fairly eastwards through the suburbs of Varna, Gölturengi (connection to the Farþegalest network) and Arnarhóll, where it interconnects to the J5 lines. It then turns southeast to arrive at the city center, where it meets the lines J1, J2 and J4.. From there, the route continues eastwards, slightly southeast, and touches the suburbs of Selás and Traðir, where connection to the Frjálshöfn Ferry terminal and a J2 branch line is offered. Then it heads to Ferskurtún and finally to Dankar, where the trunk route splits. In Dankar, there is same-platform-interchange with a J5 branch line.

J31

This line begins in the northwest at the Fjálshöfnuraðalbrautarstöð (main station) This is the long-term terminus for this line, no further prolongation is scheduled at the moment. From Aðalbrautarstöð, where it meets the J1 line, it continues southwards, slightly west, through Meðlir and Hviðnes, where it interconnects to a J4 branch and the Farþegalest). Then it arrives at Breiðhattur, where it meets the J32 and J33 branch lines.

From Dankar, it continues northwards to Höfðar, together with the J32 line. In Höfdar, it interconnects to the Farþegalest and then turns southwards, crossing the Stærrifrjálshöfnurskurður river and touching the suburbs of Innanbugða and Meira. From there, it continues on surface eastwards through Eiðles, arriving at Hellur Norður, where line J32 branches northwards. Line J31 continues eastwards to Tjarnað Austur where it meets J43. It then underpasses the Stærrifrjálshöfnurskurður river again, continuing on surface to Fiskimið and Æslið, before it terminates in Mjölnið. In Mjölnið, once again interchange to the Farþegalest is offered. Also, no prolongation is considered in this direction. J31 is tagged dark green.

J32

Plans are existing to let the line start in Akranes, however, there is no schedule to do so. Currently, J32 starts in Aðlir, leading straigt west towards Rungir. From there, it turns north-east, offering an interchange to the Farþegalest in Bog. Two stations later, it swings in under the Völlursborgnarvegur towards Breiðhattur, where it first merges with the J33 branch and then, one station ahead, with the J31 branch to form the trunk route.

Behind Dankar, J32 shares tracks with the J31 line until Hellur Norður, where it turns northwards to Hverahóllið. There, it turns northeast, going underground in Hjernares, crossing the Stærrifrjálshöfnurskurður and arrives at Weiðlið, where passengers can interchange to the Farþegalest. J32 then continues towards Hvissðæl where it terminates. No extension is planned in this direction. J31 is tagged medium green.

J33

J33 currently begins at the Völlursbog miðbær Farþegalest railway station. 2017, it will be prolonged by 8 stations towards the international airport (Frjálshöfnuralþjóðaflugvöllur). After a stop at Völlursbog Aðalbrautarstöð, it continues towards Morafor. After crossing the Morafor Farþegalest station, it turns southwards and swings in under the Völlursborgnarvegur towards Breiðhattur, where it first merges with the J32 branch and then, one station ahead, with the J31 branch to form the trunk route.

Behind Dankar, it crosses the Stærrifrjálshöfnurskurður and then turns southeast, leading through the suburbs of Innanbugða, Meira, Narnes and Minðes before it terminates at Eilvatn. In this direction, no extension is planned. J33 is tagged light green.

J34

J34 is a short line in the eastern periphery. It branches from J31 in Tjarnað Austur, leading south-east towards Norður- and Suðurvogar, where it terminates. It has nine station. It doesn't reach the trunk route because it is already in heavy use by three lines with short intervals. However, same-platform interchange is offered in Tjarnað Austur, making the discomfort as convenient as possible.

In the past, Frjálshöfnurnærsamgöngur had a volley of options available for this line to make it more attractive. The easiest possibility would be to integrate it into the J31 line and let every second train head to Mjölnið and the other trains to Suðurvogar. The second possibility would be the integration of the J32 branch into the newly built J62 branch which will meet the J31 and J32 lines one station before Hellur Norður. Then, the J43 branch could be taken over by the now free J32 line. The chosen possibility replaces the J32 branch by J62 until Another possibility would have resulted in a completely new half ring through the north-western suburbs of Frjálshöfn, ending at Aðalbrautarstöð. However, this option is highly disputed as the population density isn't very high in the touched suburbs and there is a reliable tram service on most parts of the route. J34 is tagged lime green.

Route J4

J4 route

The trunk route of this line leads from Breiðholt in the west to Sigurðshóll in the south-east, branching to two lines on each side. J4 is the youngest of the five trunk routes, however, it uses some of the oldest parts of the network. While the south-eastern branches connect adjacent suburbs, the western branches lead to completely different directions. Lines of the J4 route appear in orange color tones.

Trunk

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J41

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J42

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Route J5

J5 route

While following the hringvegur HRM2, J5 forms a semi-ring around the city center, connecting the western central districts . The trunk route leads from Suðurbrautarstöð to Dæemenbrautarstöd. The branch lines of the J5 route interconnect On maps, violet is used for these lines.

Trunk

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J51

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J52

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J53

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Route J6

J6 route

Route J6 is currently under construction.

J6 lines will appear in brown color tones.

Trunk

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J61

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J62

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Route J7

J7 route

This route ist still in design phase and just passed feasibility analysis. It will be realized, however not before 2020.

The designated color tag for these lines is teal.

Trunk

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J71

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J72

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Rolling stock

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