Tururú, tururú! Think of alternate routes to get around. The closure of Metro Line 1 will begin next March with the aim of modernizing it for the first time in 52 years.
This was announced by the director of the Metro, Guillermo Calderón, when he appeared last October before the Congress of Mexico City, as part of the gloss of the Third Government Report of Claudia Sheinbaum.
During his appearance, the official explained that the suspension in the service will allow “Redo practically in its entirety” the oldest line of the Metro and gave details of the plan that they are working on to suspend the service.
Calderón explained that the plan, which has not yet been officially announced, plans to divide the modernization works into two stages.
Stages of the closure of Metro Line 1
According to the owner of the Metro, the first phase involves suspending the service in the 12 stations that are between the Pantitlán terminal and the Salto del Agua station.
Starting next March, the service will be suspended at the stations:
- Gomez Farias
- Boulevard Puerto Aéreo
- Saint Lazarus
- Pino Suarez
- Isabel the Catholic
Until now, the Metro authorities have not informed how long the first stage of the works will take. However, phase two is expected to start in January 2023, when the service will be suspended in the section between Balderas and the Observatorio terminal.
This implies that the Balderas, Cuauhtémoc, Insurgentes, Sevilla, Chapultepec, Juanacatlán, Tacubaya and Observatorio stations will remain closed.
When appearing in front of capital legislators, Calderón assured that the closure of Line 1 of the Metro “will be a difficult period.” However, he added, its benefits can be seen for years to come.
What will we do without a half of Line 1?
He commented that the capital authorities work in an emergent transportation plan with the aim of helping and affecting the users of the Pink Line as little as possible.
He specified that the civil works plan to remove the entire track, sleepers, and the ballast. Tunnel rehabilitation works will also be carried out, leak sealing, in addition to installing a new train control system.
In total, the investment to modernize the Pink Line will be 37.3 million pesos, which will be paid by the income generated by the Metro.
“The expenditures will be made over 19 years, without Mexico City assuming a debt scheme,” he said.
Another benefit of the closure of Metro Line 1 will be the acquisition of new trains. The new convoys will allow the transfer time from Pantitlán to Observatorio reduce to 30 minutes.
Figures from the Metro establish that the Pink Line is the busiest. Until before the COVID-19 pandemic, that route carried 840,000 people every day. Currently, it is estimated that it transports 460 thousand people.
Line 1 has an extension of 18.8 kilometers with 20 stations, in addition to having transfers with lines 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 9, A and B of the Metro.