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On December 9, a strong fire broke out at the offices of the Central Control Post (PCC) of the Metro Collective Transportation System (STC), located on Delicias Street, Colonia Centro, in the Cuauhtémoc Mayor’s Office in Mexico City. One of the workers who was working at that time managed to capture the chaos that was experienced inside, which showed how obsolete its facilities. The clip of the witness who has been working at the STC for 32 years quickly went viral on social networks, capturing from the moment the alarms began to sound until he and his companions climbed to the roof of the building to be rescued. “Here we are CC1”, mentions the man in the recording and shows how other employees start to walk nervously, not sure what to do. In the background you can see the boards with which the operations of the transportation system direct, which are about 45 years old. “Here we are in CC. This is burned,” he mentions. In the images, a large amount of smoke begins to appear inside the offices equipped with telephones and antique furniture. Finally the lights go out, and at that moment the employees decide to evacuate the place and head towards the emergency stairs. Because the fire occurred on the lower floors, the employees had to go up to the roof of the building. The Central Control Post was built in 1969 and was inaugurated by President Gustavo Díaz Ordaz, according to the newspaper Milenio. In 2015, Jorge Gaviño, who at that time was Director of the STC, denounced to El Universal that the so-called “Brain of the Metro” had remained in the 70s, which were functional, but with obsolete technology. In the PCC the operation of the 12 lines of the STC is monitored, for this 13 Optical Control Boards were used, in the images captured during the recent fire some of them can be seen. Of these boards only five are digital and the rest use analog technology from 45 years ago. In that 2015 interview, Jorge Gaviño explained that they needed an urgent modernization, which in those years required an investment of 6,000 million pesos. Despite the fact that for many years the lack of maintenance and modernization of the Metro facilities has been denounced, it is the most efficient transport system in CDMX, since it daily mobilizes more than 4.6 million people through its 12 lines .

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