The subway program in Mexico City, the country’s sprawling capital, handles far more than 4 million passengers a day and is the 2nd-biggest in the Americas, right after New York City’s. And when it was inaugurated in 1969, decorated with Aztec artifacts and Maya-type friezes, it was the pride of a nation.
But in latest many years it has turn into a symbol of urban decay.
There was concern above the integrity of the elevated tracks and help columns on the stretch of tracks the place Monday’s accident occurred right after a potent earthquake hit Mexico in September 2017.
The elevated infrastructure on the subway line — regarded as Line twelve, or the Golden Line — was broken, El Universal newspaper reported.
Later on that month, some nearby residents informed El Universal that they feared that the broken infrastructure may well collapse. The newspaper reported at the time that a column involving the Olivos and Nopalera stations had suffered structural injury. It also reported that engineers have been to carry out an ultrasound survey of the reinforcing steel in 300 columns along Line 12’s elevated portion.
It was not quickly clear what get the job done had been finished to deal with the security considerations. But there has been a broad decline of the program in latest many years.
The Golden Line, the place Monday’s accident occurred, was opened in 2012 and is the newest in the program. Still from the outset, it has been beset by issues.
Trains operating above elevated elements of the track had to slow down for worry they may well derail. And just 17 months right after the $two billion line was inaugurated, the city suspended support on a huge element of it.
Services was later on restored, but considerations about the program as a full have grown.
Final month, one particular of the capital’s twelve subway lines shut down right after a track fire. And in January, a fire ripped by way of the metro’s downtown headquarters, killing a police officer and sending thirty many others to hospital with smoke inhalation. 6 subway lines have been temporarily knocked offline.
Opposition events blamed a lack of servicing for the inferno, and the conservative Nationwide Action Get together filed a criminal complaint towards Mayor Claudia Sheinbaum and the head of the Mexico City subway.
In March 2020, one particular man or woman was killed and at least 41 many others have been injured when two subway trains collided in Mexico City. Ms. Sheinbaum explained at the time that one particular of the trains had apparently backed into the other. Video of the wreckage showed that the force of the collision had left one particular of the trains caught on best of the other, in accordance to Reuters.
The up coming month at the Misterios station, a railway coupler — a mechanism employed for joining train autos — fractured en route to its location. While that incident resulted in no deaths, staff asked for far more security measures, El Universal reported.
A further derailment in 2018 sent shock waves by way of a suburb of Mexico City. A train carrying cargo ran off the tracks, and one particular of its autos crashed into a residence, killing 5 individuals.
The most latest severe accident occurred in 2015, when a collision involving two trains left twelve individuals dead. In 1975, one more train collision at the Viaducto station killed 31 individuals and left far more than 70 injured, in accordance to El Universal.