A train in Retiro, the head station of the line.
|Number of locations||22 stations|
|Area served||City of Buenos Aires
Greater Buenos Aires
|Divisions||Línea Belgrano Norte|
Ferrovías S.A.C. is a privately owned company which, on 1 April 1994, took over the concession, granted by the Argentine government as part of railway privatisation during the presidency of Carlos Menem, for the operation of the 1,000 mm (3 ft 3 ⅜ in) (metre gauge) Belgrano Norte Line commuter rail service in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Ferrovias also forms part of the consortium UGOFE which operates other commuter rail services in Buenos Aires.
Since 2004 the company also forms part of UGOFE, a consortium with Metrovías and Trenes de Buenos Aires, which took over the running of commuter rail services on the Belgrano Sur, Roca and San Martín lines in Buenos Aires after concessions granted to Metropolitano S.A. for the operation of these services were revoked.
Privatization of the Argentine railway system
By the end of the 1980s all the railway system in Argentina was privatized by the national government. The metropolitan services were privatized since March 1991. A new company -Ferrocarriles Metropolitanos S.A. (FEMESA)- was established to operated the suburban services until the railway lines were given in concession to their respective operators.
Ferrovías takes over
The main plan of the concession were based on 3 objectives:
- To improve the infrastructure of track, bridges and level crossings and signal system and traffic control in all the stations of the line.
- The maintenance of locomotives and coaches in good conditions.
- To reduce travel time between head stations (Retiro and Villa Rosa), increasing also the number of coaches.
Due to the investments, the number of passengers carried increased to 36 million during 1999 and 2000. In 2008 it was increased to 45,830,200 passengers.
The General Auditing Office released a report indicating that the subsidies given by the State to Ferrovías were misappropriated to other companies of the holding which received them as "loans". In 2011 Ferrovías received subsidies for a total of A$ 368,3 million.
- Webb, Mary (ed.) (2009). Jane's Urban Transport Systems 2009–2010, p. 4. Coulsdon, Surrey (UK): Jane's Information Group. ISBN 978-0-7106-2903-6.
- "Los dueños del negocio ferroviario en Argentina", Perfil, 23 Feb 2012
- "Los operadores ferroviarios ahora son dos", Página/12, 25 May 2012
- "En 2011 aumentaron un 50% los subsidios: fueron $6551 millones", La Nación, 4 March 2012
- Ferrovías Website (Spanish)