Line 12 of Mexico City’s Metro (subway) system was opened in October 2012. The new line, also known as the Golden Line, extends the city’s metro system into several lower income areas in the south-eastern part of the city, including Tlahuac, Milpa Alta, Xochimilco and Iztapalapa.
– – -> Update: As of 11 March 2014, the elevated (above ground) southern section of this line between Tlahuac and Atlalilco stations has been temporarily closed for repairs. A replacement bus system has been established between those stations. According to a report in the Mexico City daily Reforma (citing a study by ILF Consulting Engineers), the design of tracks in that section has resulted in damage to the wheels of several metro trains. It also resulted in the failure of an electric cable and has caused cracks and fractures in the track supports. The affected section is 14 km (9 mi) long. Authorities are reviewing the possibility of legal action against the line’s builders, a consortium comprised of France’s Alstom and the Mexican companies ICA and Carso. [end of update]
Line 12, the longest line in the network, is 25 km (15.5 miles) long and has 20 stations, including four transfer points. In terms of network connectivity, it adds an important east-west link connecting four lines that serve the southern section of the metro area. Line 12 runs from Mixcoac (Line 7) to Tlahuac in the southeast of Mexico City, intersecting with line 3 at Zapata, line 2 at Ermita and line 8 at Atlalilco.
Officials estimate that the line, which has both underground and overground sections, will eliminate 860 buses from the city’s congested streets, reducing carbon dioxide emissions by 22,000 metric tons a year. Its construction cost about $1.8 billion and included one overground section perched on specially designed earthquake-resistant steel pillars.
Between 400,000 and 450,000 passengers are expected to use Line 12 daily. It is expected to cut the average daily commuting time from those parts of the city it serves by more than an hour a day, from 150 minutes to 78 minutes. The line is only accessible by using the new metropolitan smart transport card “Tarjeta DF”.
The complete network of 12 lines comprising Mexico City’s metro system, used by more than 5 million passengers a day, now has 195 stations and a total length of about 227 km (141 miles).
28 Jan 2013 Update:
Officials of Mexico City’s Metro system (Sistema de Transporte Colectivo, STC) have announced that they are considering extending Line 12 westwards into the Álvaro Obregón district of the city. STC’s Managing Director Joel Ortega Cuevas also said that an analysis is needed of the viability of extending the Metro network to reach several major commuting routes in the State of México (see map below), including Ecatepec-Coacalco-Zumpango; Chalco-Ixtapaluca; Naucalpan-Tlalnepantla-Cuautitlán; Atizapan-Naucalpan and Chimalhuacan-Nezahualcóyotl.
- Map of Mexico City metro system, including Line 12 (png image file)
- Map of Mexico City metro system (official printable system map, pdf file)
- The challenge of building and maintaining Mexico City’s metro system
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- How fast is the ground sinking in Mexico City and what can be done about it?
- Traffic congestion still a serious problem for commuters in Mexico City [Sep 2011]
- Mexico City tackles the challenges of population, commuting and air quality [Aug 2012]
- Mexico City wins 2013 Sustainable Transport Award[Jan 2013]