Buenavista Station

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This article is about the rail station. For the Metro station, see Metro Buenavista.
Buenavista (Terminal Buenavista)
Commuter rail
TERMINAL BUENAVISTA.jpg
Buenavista Station prior to its remodeling in 2006
Station statistics
Address Cuauhtémoc, D.F. Mexico City
Coordinates 19°26′52″N 99°09′08″W / 19.4478°N 99.1522°W / 19.4478; -99.1522Coordinates: 19°26′52″N 99°09′08″W / 19.4478°N 99.1522°W / 19.4478; -99.1522
Line(s) Buenavista–Cuautitlán
Connections Mexico City Metrobús and Metro Buenavista
Other information
Opened January 10, 1873 (1873-01-10)
Closed 1958, 1997
Rebuilt 1961, 2006
Owned by N de M (until 1997)
Tren Suburbano (2006–present)

Buenavista Station is a passenger rail station in Mexico City.[1] The station provided intercity passenger rail service until those services were discontinued by Ferrocarriles Nacionales de México in 1997. In June 2008, the station was reopened to serve as the terminus of the newly inaugurated commuter rail service, the Ferrocarril Suburbano de la Zona Metropolitana del Valle de México.[2]

The adjacent Metro Buenavista station is also the terminus of Mexico City Metro Line B, that runs from this station to Ciudad Azteca in the State of Mexico.

History[edit]

The station served to inaugurate passenger rail service in Mexico on January 10, 1873, when Ferrocarriles Nacionales de México ran its first passenger rail trip from Mexico City to the Port of Veracruz.[3] Among the passengers of the inaugural trip was Sebastián Lerdo de Tejada, President of Mexico at the time.[3] The rail trip took three days due to a number of official presidential events along the route.

The original structure was demolished by Ferrocarriles Nacionales de México in 1958 to construct a new station nearby.[3] The plot on which the original station stood was redeveloped. The new Buenavista Station was inaugurated in 1961 by President Adolfo López Mateos.

The headquarters of Ferrocarriles Nacionales de México were built in front of the station and to the north of the station an automated postal facility was constructed. To the south of the station, the borough hall of the Borough of Cuauhtémoc was inaugurated in September 1976.[4] The traffic circle in front of the station holds a statue of Christopher Columbus, which was inaugurated on October 12, 1892, in celebration of the 400-year anniversary of the explorer's discovery of America.

The principal intercity destinations served by Buenavista station until 1997 were:

Current use[edit]

El Tren Suburbano at Buenavista on 10 January 2009

The station was remodelled beginning in 2007 in preparation for the launch of commuter rail service to Cuautitlán in the State of Mexico.

In addition to being a terminus of Metro Line B, the railway station is also a stop for three Metrobús lines, Mexico City's bus rapid transit system.[5]

In 2012 a large enclosed shopping mall was opened in the building, the Forum Buenavista, anchored by a Cinépolis multiplex cinema and a Sears.[6]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Ferrocarriles Suburbanos - Estaciones" (in Spanish). Ferrocarril Suburbano de la Zona Metropolitana del Valle de México. Retrieved 23 August 2011. 
  2. ^ "Tren Suburbano inaugurated". Railway Gazette International. 1 July 2008. Retrieved 23 August 2011. 
  3. ^ a b c de Mauleón, Héctor (26 September 2009). "Estación Buenavista" (in Spanish). Ediciones Impresas Milenio. Retrieved 27 August 2011. 
  4. ^ "Delegación Cuauhtémoc" (in Spanish). Retrieved 27 August 2011. "Delegación Cuauhtémoc; Aldama y Mina s/n; Colonia Buenavista; Cuauhtémoc, D.F." 
  5. ^ "Metrobús - Ciudad de México: Mapa de Sistema". Retrieved 24 August 2011. 
  6. ^ http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=718706