Mexico City Metro Collapse: Controversies Surrounding itBy Lorenzo Núñez | Thu, 05/06/2021 - 15:18
A subway overpass in Mexico City collapsed this Monday costing dozens of lives in what is the worst tragedy the city has faced since the earthquake of 2017. The collapse exposed some old controversies surrounding the now collapsed Line 12.
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A Mexico City subway train overpass collapsed on May 3. The accident occurred between stations Olivo and Tezonco of Line 12 of the Mexico City Metro, the system’s newest subway line. A train was traveling over it when the accident occurred and its fall led to the deaths of 25 people, with 80 more reported wounded, reported Mexico City’s Civil Protection on Twitter. This is the worst tragedy the city has faced since the earthquake of 2017, reports El Pais, and the largest involving the subway.
The troubled line’s problems began as soon as construction started on Oct. 30, 2012. An erroneous choice in the type of trains to use led to constant wear and tear on the rail tracks, worsened by the use of low-quality materials. In addition, the initial construction budget set at US$838 million eventually ballooned to surpass US$2 billion, reported Infobae. A year and a half into the train’s operation, Metro´s General Director Joel Ortega, announced that half of the line (from Tlahuac to Atlalilco stations) would be closed for at least six months as the undulatory wear of the tracks put the safety of passengers at risk. On November 2013, the company ILF issued a report stating that there was a lack of preventive and corrective maintenance on the track system. Four years later, after the Sep. 19, 2017 earthquake, Metro users pointed to the dangerous cracks in some of the columns holding the overpass, which led authorities to close six stations once again.
FONATUR disputed the information published in an El Universal report that claims that 3,286 homes in 2,294 lots will have to be moved in order to make way for the Mayan Train. The report claims that these numbers were provided by FONATUR in an official internal document called the “Program for the Acquisition or Relocations of Human Settlements in the Mayan Train’s Right of Way.”
The project that would have become the New Mexico City Airport (NAIM), located in Texcoco, State of Mexico, won a Rethinking the Future Award 2021 in the Transportation category. This airport was meant to finish construction by 2024 but it was cancelled by the current administration and replaced by Felipe Angeles International Airport in Santa Lucía.