Ferrocarril Domingo Faustino Sarmiento
The Ferrocarril Domingo Faustino Sarmiento (FCDFS), named after the former Argentine president, statesman, educator, and author Domingo Faustino Sarmiento, was one of the six state-owned Argentine railway companies formed after President Juan Perón's nationalisation of the Argentine railway network in 1948. The six companies were managed by Ferrocarriles Argentinos which was later broken up during the process of railway privatisation beginning in 1991 during Carlos Menem's presidency.
The Sarmiento line is a commuter rail service in Buenos Aires, Argentina run by UGOMS since 24 May 2012. This service had previously been run by the state-owned Ferrocarril Domingo Faustino Sarmiento since nationalisation of the railways in 1948. The Sarmiento line operates on broad gauge.[vague]
The performance of the Sarmiento line will be greatly improved by drilling a new tunnel. Under plans announced in 2006, a 33 km tunnel is to be bored between Moreno and Caballito in order to replace the surface alignment of the Sarmiento commuter route. According to the Minister of the Interior and Transport, the first stage will cost 11·5bn pesos, removing many level crossings which would ‘avoid many accidents and much loss of life’. The new underground alignment should increase the service frequency to every 3 min, increasing capacity from 100 million to 280 million passenger-journeys a year. The tunnel segment will have 13 underground stations. Drilling started 2 July 2012. During the construction, service on the surface line will continue.
- Moreno – Mercedes
- Merlo – Lobos
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