metro, light rail
The subway system in
this ancient city of the Aztecs
is one of the world's largest. Construction began in 1967, with
history and geology to
carve it out. They faced the challenge of having to design a system
that would hold up in the soft subsoil, which was once the bed of a
vast lake. They also had to protect the system against frequent
earthquakes and draw a map that took into account the subterranean
architecture of the city's many ruins. Finally, in
1969, the first line opened for business.
There are currently 13 lines with 227 km and 215 stations. All lines
are rubber tired except for Line A.
Mexico City's metro is
known to be the
cheapest subway ride
in the world, though some still respect it in the morning.
Because of it's high crime, Mexico City subway officials have begun
free books on the
subway so as to keep the more intellectual criminals at bay. While the number of pocket pickers may not
decrease, it is hoped that the existing ones will become more educated,
better, and smarter thieves.
Men and women are required to ride in separate during rush hour
to prevent sexual harassment, so please remember to practice your
Finally, this little bit of maize for your subterranean burrito:
A plan for a 31 km, 18 station
Sky Train, or
cancelled by the Fox
in order to build more roads and purchase new metro rolling stock. The
line would have included two underground stations, including one at
Line 8's terminus in Garibaldi, and was to utilize rolling
stock like that of Vancouver's Sky Train. Despite outcries by wealthy
homeowners in neighborhoods it would have traversed, what would have
been "Line 11", once due to open in 1996, is still part of the city's
master metro plan.
Photos from Robert
Mexico City Subway system
The Metro and Tren Ligero
in Mexico City
Mexico Metro Site
Mexico City subway car
to the metro
Line 12 photos from nycsubway.org
Transportes Eléctricos del
Distrito Federal, a separate agency, also runs
an 18 station, 26 km light rail line, or tren ligero. This line is all
that is left of a once massive and proud tramway network, killed off by Cortes and the rubber companies in the late 1400s. You can catch the tren
ligero at the end of subway Line 2 at Tasqueña. Be sure to
check out the
floating gardens in
Xochimilco at the
other terminus. It has food, flowers, music and
112 miles of canals.
Also in the early planning stages is an 11 km, 22 station east-west light rail line. The tram will serve the old town center and use flexity swift rolling stock like that used in Minneapolis.
Tren Ligero - Light rail in Mexico City
of tramways and light rail in Mexico City
Mexico City Electric Transport
official home page