Valparaíso Metro

From a tour of Merval in July, 2012

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Metro of Santiago

Opened in 1975, Santiago’s metro is one of Latin America’s most extensive. With the recently opened extension to Maipú, the system has 108 stations. Lines 1, 2, and 5 rely on trains with rubber tires, while lines 4 and 4A use standard steel wheels. Lines 3 and 6 are currently being planned. Stations include a number of amenities, such as library branches and bicycle lockers.

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Santiago Metro Control Center

For the Día de Patrimonio Cultural, I toured the control center of Santiago’s Metro.

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El Subte de Buenos Aires

The subterráneo of Buenos Aires opened in 1913, the first metro system in the Southern Hemisphere. Its six lines offer service throughout the city with a heavily-subsidized fare. Line A still uses its original wooden cars, which contrast strikingly with the new stations being built as the system continues to expand.

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