Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Mexico City Subway


In a city of over 19,000,000 people transport is a huge issue. The brightly coloured and enormous Mexico City subway system where super cool bright orange trains seem to arrive every minute is essential for the city to function.

The Sistema de Transporte Colectivo Metro consists of 11 lines, 175 stations and is 207km long. The first sections were opened in 1969. The metro is one of the busiest in the world being used by approximately 4.5 million people daily. The metro is heavily subsidised by the government and has the lowest fares in the world with one trip costing $2.00MXD.

In addition to the metro is an extensive bus network, a privately owned micro bus network and a lightrail. The government is trying to reduce car usage as a means of tackling air pollution and pollution using a system called 'Hoy No Circula' where only cars with certain last numbers on their number plate are allowed on the roads.

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