This weekend the authorities of Mexico City (CDMX) prepare the rehabilitation works of Line 1 of the Metro, therefore, on the first day of the temporary closure of the aforementioned route, it was decided to close the section of Isabella the Catholic for Observatory; some users were puzzled because they were unaware of the suspension of service before the formal shutdown on July 11th.
Effects on Metro Line 1
The service goes from Pantitlan to Pine Suarezthen the RTP service destined for the Observatory was enabled.
The bus they offer free service this saturday and tomorrow sunday are 70% busy
Ángel, a young Metro user, described the emerging RTP service as “messy”; even knowing the closure, he is confused about the four routes organized by Semovi (Mobility Department) to cover the stretch from Salto del Agua to Observatorio.
The emerging service The CDMX government seemed quite saturated by the citizens
Meanwhile, the queue to board the RTP in the direction of Observatory- Pino Suárez it wasn’t so fluid; at Balderas station the wait was about six minutes. The challenge will be on Monday, July 11th, as the eight-month temporary closure will pose problems for all citizens of East CDMX and the State of Mexico.
Balderas is being prepared as a temporary terminal for Line 1
Inside the premises of the CDMX Line 1 Metro, workers from the Public Transport System converted the station Balderas in the terminal for the next eight monthswith only one freeway, adjustments were made to the track structure and to coordinate the entrance of the trains.
“It allows us to get on the train via 2 from the Observatory to Balderas and leave via 1 from Balderas to the Observatory, it’s the change of lane, we had to make adjustments to our signaling and control system,” said Guillermo Calderón, Metro director STC
He explained that the structure assembled on the guide bars is made of stainless steelso it is completely safe and will support the transit of millions of users.
“The project is 800 kilos (kg) per square meter, no matter how many users we put in, it will never reach that level, and before installing it here, we installed it in our yards to test its stability, absolutely safe” he added.
The structure that will support the ascent and descent of passengers is made of stainless steel and wood coated with epoxy paint; They are almost three meters wide, which will support the entry and exit of train users.
- Users will be dosed via grids, to avoid saturation on the platform
the head of CDMX Government, Claudia Sheinbaumexplained that in the morning there were long lines of people because the RTP units were concentrated in the Observatory, then the operation was normalized.
- On Monday, it is expected that 300,000 users use emerging transport and more buses have already been rented to meet the demand, added the president of the capital.