CDMX: agglomerations and uncertainty five days after the fire in the Metro substation

CDMX: agglomerations and uncertainty five days after the fire in the Metro substation

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Long lines, doubts and waiting reigned this Tuesday in Mexico City in the peak hours of user travel, after the fire last Saturday that affected six lines of which three have already resumed their activity. (Photo: EFE)
 

Long lines, doubts and hopes reigned this Tuesday in Mexico City in the peak hours of user travel, after the fire last Saturday that affected six lines of which three have already resumed their activity.

“I think more information is lacking because there is no clear signage and I had to ask a lot of people”Hernando, a user in line outside the Tacubaya metro station, in the west of the capital, told Efe that he was waiting to catch a bus that would take him to his destination, the Pantitlán metro, in the east.

Like him, multiple citizens had to go to the alternative transport services to the metro provided by the City Government asking traffic police or personnel, in the absence, they said, of clear signs.

In an improvised way, the different destinations could be consulted on posters, written with a marker and hung on the wall.

Several people are riding in the bed of a pickup truck today in Mexico City. (Photo: EFE)

Several people are riding in the bed of a pickup truck today in Mexico City. (Photo: EFE) 

Around it, lines that came and went according to the arrival of buses or traffic police patrols, enabled as transport, and dozens of agents asking users their destination and announcing, through a megaphone, the arrival of vehicles.

Despite the continuous passing of buses, some of the users expressed their dissatisfaction with the lack of information since many were going to their places of work and could not waste time walking from one place to another and asking various people about this or that destination.

Others considered that, despite the natural chaos of the suspension of some of the subway lines, the agents guided them quickly and they had no major problem.

Line 1 passes through the Tacubaya station, one of which has not yet resumed its service along with lines 2 and 3. While routes 4, 5 and 6 are already open.

TOTAL RESTORATION IN ONE MONTH

the leader of the Metro Workers' Union, Fernando Espino, had assured that the routes could take five months to reopen. (Photo: EFE)

the leader of the Metro Workers’ Union, Fernando Espino, had assured that the routes could take five months to reopen. (Photo: EFE) 

According to what was explained by the Head of Government of Mexico City, Claudia Sheinbaum, at a press conference, the Collective Transport System (STC) is working hard so that the restoration of these lines can occur as soon as possible.

Previously, the leader of the Metro Workers’ Union, Fernando Espino, had assured that the routes it could take five months to reopen.

“We highly respect the leader of the STC union, but the director of the metro is working with a very competent team, to get lines 1, 2 and 3 up and running as soon as possible,” the president alleged.

For his part, the Secretary of Mobility of Mexico City, Andrés Lajous explained, also in a conference, that the operation of line 1 will be restored in the last week of January and in the remaining two, in the first weeks of February.

The incident caused the transport system to suspend its activities, partially, after more than 51 years of uninterrupted work. (Photo: EFE)

The incident caused the transport system to suspend its activities, partially, after more than 51 years of uninterrupted work. (Photo: EFE) 

Last Saturday a fire in the main control center of the Mexico City Metro, in the Historic Center, left one dead and at least 30 workers intoxicated, in addition to the suspension of service on the six main lines.

The incident caused the transport system to suspend its activities, partially, after more than 51 years of uninterrupted work.

The metro in the Mexican capital transports about 6 million people every working day, which makes it one of the busiest in the world, although its demand falls during the weekend and more now due to the health contingency due to covid-19

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