In Pictures: A Trip to Tepalcates

Tepalcates is the eastern terminus of the new Metrobús line in México, D.F., Linea 2.  I’ve already mentioned my own shock and awe about the construction and rapid completion of the project.  So, last week I decided to take a trip out there to see the new line (and what $65 million bought).  If you’re looking for stats/info on the new line, check out this prior post.

The ride itself, was relatively painless.  I got on as Escandón, which, despite it’s proximity to the western terminus at Tacubaya, was already standing-room-only.  At Nuevo Leon, the next stop and only real transfer point, enough people got off that I was able to snag a seat… some days I don’t feel like standing for forty-five minutes.  The ride out to Tepalcates was straight-forward and relatively uninteresting, and SRO almost to the end of the line.  Most of the stations look alike and the route isn’t particularly scenic.  Although I did get to see an interesting, gradual change in the neighborhoods from the wealth of La Condesa to the blue-collar colonias near the airport. 

My surprise at the sudden start of service of the new line was due to the apparent lack of completion of the station by my house.  In fact, they had only started running test service (as far I saw) five days before opening the gates to fare-paying passengers.  But, I must admit, given my initial impression, I was really surprised at how functional most of the stations were.  Of course, heading east to west (from more to less wealth), the stations were gradually under a greater state of incompletion.  It started with unfinished bathrooms, progressed to missing lights and signs, and finally ended with the very-under-construction (or constriction?) hub of Tepalcates.

Of course, the need to use your imagination at Tepalcates is only a temporary issue… while the loose interpretation of what determines a “convenient transfer to the metro” is not.  At a few of the published MB-metro transfer points (Patriotísmo, Etiopía?) the metro and metrobús stations were adjacent.  At others, like Coyuya/Canela, you might want to take a taxi.  And then there’s Tepalcates, where it seems as if they might have designed the walkways so that people will need to walk further than necessary in order to transfer, just so they walk past shops.  (Though, in fairness, Tepalcates was still so far from complete that it was hard to tell what’s intended!)

The trip, itself, won’t be the highlight of any touristic itinerary, but there are some pictures posted below for the transit geeks among us.

 

México, D.F.

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