Guadalajara metro: map, photo, description
The metro of Guadalajara, Mexico's second largest city, is officially called the Sistema de Tren Eléctrico Urbano and consists of two underground and surface lines. It is often called the "light" metro or high-speed tram, since it is not a full-fledged metro that exists in other metropolitan areas of the world. The total length of routes is 10 km, and the number of stations is 29, of which only a part is underground.
The government was pushed to the construction of the Guadalajara metro by the inefficient operation of the urban transport system, which by the end of the 1980s was almost completely paralyzed by traffic jams. As a result, in 1989, the first line was inaugurated, connecting the beginning and end of Avenida del Federalisimo, one of the main streets crossing the city center..
A year later, the new metro began to experience serious overloads, and therefore the city authorities decided to build a second line. It was put into operation in 1994, and today there are plans not only for its extension, but also for the construction of the third stage of the high-speed tram. This was officially announced by the Governor in 2009. According to preliminary information, 800 million Mexican pesos are needed for the construction of the third line. In addition, the authorities plan to modernize the first line, because today the Guadalajara metro already carries about 50 million passengers annually..
The first line crosses the city from north to south and is 15.5 km long. The second route starts in the center of Guadalajara, and trains on it head east. The length of the second line of the Guadalajara metro is 8.8 km.
The rolling stock of the metro includes about 50 cars, which were built specifically for Mexico, taking into account its weather and climatic characteristics. The maximum speed that the Guadalajara high-speed tram can reach is 70 km per hour.
Guadalajara metro opening hours
Guadalajara metro stations open daily at 5 am and run until midnight. The train movement interval differs during the day. The shortest - about five minutes - during rush hours, the rest of the time the intervals between trains can be up to 10 minutes.
Metro tickets Guadalajara
The cost of one trip on the "light" metro of Guadalajara is 5 pesos, or approximately 0.38 US dollars.