MX$300 Million to Restore Mexico City Metro LinesBy Jorge Ramos Zwanziger | Tue, 02/09/2021 - 19:24
Yesterday, Feb. 8, the Mexico City government announced the reactivation of the subway lines that were suspended after last month's fire at the Buen Tono control center. Metro Lines 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6 of the Collective Transportation System (STC), had been temporarily stopped. Florencia Serranía, Director General of the STC, also specified the objectives concerning energization, installations and the trains themselves were met at 100 percent, reported El Economista. Yesterday, over the course of its first day working, Line 2 of the Metro, which connects Cuatro Caminos to Tasqueña, reported over 211,265 users, according to Milenio.
Mexico City Mayor Claudia Sheinbaum reported that the service reactivation of the six Metro lines cost approximately MX$300 million (US$14.92 million), reported La Jornada. Sheinbaum stated that most expenses involved services payments for CFE and the installation of a telemetry system to keep track of the location of all service trains. However, she stated that a good portion of those resources will go to insurance, reported La Jornada. Sheinbaum also suggested that “it would not be too bad” if the State of Mexico helped the Mexico City government with the expenses, as around 40 percent of Metro users come from the State of Mexico. Sheinbaum did mention she was not sure about the percentage, reports Milenio.
The removal of debris from the Central Control Post 1 is 65 percent complete on the first floor, said Serranía. She also mentioned that the other levels are less affected than the basement and ground floors, reported Milenio. She also announced that the STC was already working on the design and construction of the new Central Control Post, with technical and budgetary details to be released later. “We are planning a comprehensive modernization project of Line 1 and the new technologies for the new network,” she explained to El Economista.
Sheinbaum announced that in the next few days she will meet with the director of CFE, Manuel Bartlett Díaz, to properly define the comprehensive project to energize lines 1, 2 and 3, as well as the assembly of a new control center that will cover lines 1 through 6, which are the oldest in the network.