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Lines and doubts in Mexico City days after the fire in the metro

Mexico, Jan 12 (EFE) .- Long lines, doubts and hopes reigned this Tuesday in Mexico City in the peak hours of user travel, after the fire last Saturday that affected six lines of which three have already resumed their activity . “I believe that more information is lacking because there is no clear signaling and I had to ask many people,” Hernando, a user in line outside the Tacubaya metro station, in the west of the capital, told Efe that He was waiting to catch a bus that would take him to his destination, Metro Pantitlán, in the east. Like him, multiple citizens had to go to the alternative transportation services to the subway provided by the City Government, asking traffic police or personnel, in the absence, they said, of clear signs. In an improvised way, the different destinations could be consulted on posters, written with a marker and hung on the wall. All around, lines that came and went according to the arrival of buses or traffic police patrols, enabled as transport. and dozens of agents asking users their destination and announcing, through a megaphone, the arrival of vehicles. Despite the continuous passage of buses, some of the users expressed their dissatisfaction with the lack of information since many were going to their places of work and could not waste time walking from one place to another and asking several people about this or that destination. Others considered that, despite the natural chaos of the suspension of some of the subway lines, the agents guided them quickly and they had no major problem. Line 1 passes through the Tacubaya station, one of which has not yet resumed its service along with lines 2 and 3. While routes 4, 5 and 6 are already open. TOTAL RESTORATION IN ONE MONTH According to what was explained this morning by the Head of Government of Mexico City, Claudia Sheinbaum, at a press conference, the Collective Transportation System (STC) is working intensely so that the restoration of these lines can be give as soon as possible. Previously, the leader of the Metro Workers’ Union, Fernando Espino, had assured that the routes could take five months to reopen. “We respect the leader of the STC union a lot, but the director of the metro is working with a very competent team, to get lines 1, 2 and 3 up and running as soon as possible,” said the president. For his part, the Secretary of Mobility of Mexico City, Andrés Lajous explained, also in a conference, that the operation of line 1 will be restored in the last week of January and in the remaining two, in the first weeks of February. Last Saturday a fire in the main control center of the Mexico City Metro, in the Historic Center, left one dead and at least 30 workers intoxicated, in addition to the suspension of service on the six main lines. The incident caused the transport system to suspend its activities, partially, after more than 51 years of uninterrupted work. The subway of the Mexican capital transports about 6 million people every working day, which makes it one of the busiest in the world, although its demand drops during the weekend and more now due to the health contingency due to the covid -19. (c) EFE Agency

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