Line D (Buenos Aires Underground)

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Línea D (SBASE).svg
Line D
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ESTACIÓN TRIBUNALES ENTRANCE
Overview
Type Rapid transit
System Buenos Aires Underground
Termini Catedral
Congreso de Tucumán
Stations 16
Daily ridership 440,384 (2009)[1] Increase.svg 6.3%
Operation
Opening 1937
Operator(s) Metrovías
Character Underground
Technical
Line length 11 km (6.84 mi)
Track gauge 1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in)
Electrification Catenary

Line D of the Buenos Aires Underground runs from Catedral to Congreso de Tucumán. The D Line opened on 3 June 1937 and has been expanded to the north several times. The line is currently 10.41 km long and runs approximately parallel to the city's coastline.

Stations and connections[edit]

Línea D (SBASE).svg
Line D
Catedral - C. de Tucumán


Museum Stations[edit]

Entrance to Catedral Station on the intersecction of Florida St. and Av. Roque Saenz Peña
Facultad de Medicina station entrance
Older fleets on line D
Modern fleets on line D

Line D carries out cultural activities on stations Juramento, Congreso de Tucumán and Olleros. These stations can be visited in order to appreciate the expositions and stands destined to rotary exhibitions coming from the City’s Museums, as well as the Nation’s, educative institutions and other civil society organizations.

“The objective of the museum-stations is to get the population acquainted with the huge cultural and historical patrimony that the City owns, thus turning the subway network, a massive transport medium, into an ideal diffusion agent. The lending of the facilities is absolutely free for the museum and institutions that wish to exhibit their activities or part of the historical or cultural patrimony they treasure”.[2]

Highlights[edit]

  • Until the privatization of the underground in the 1990s, the D line was identified by the red color; whilst the B line used green. The switch was perceived to be an annoying re-branding effort.
  • The D line and the C line share some of their car stock.
  • The D line runs from the downtown district to the elegant northern neighborhoods of Palermo and Belgrano. The expansion works of the 1990s (Ministro Carranza to Congreso) feature an increased distance between stations (approx 900 m, as opposed to 600 m or less in the older stretch).
  • Catedral station on the financial district is a good starting point for tourists wishing to explore the Plaza de Mayo, San Telmo and Florida Street.
  • A station is named Tribunales (courts) and provides access to the old Courts buildings, Lavalle square, and nearby Teatro Colón.
  • While Callao station was noted for its sketchy murals, many other stations feature mayólicas (traditional tile art) describing scenes of Argentine history and rural life.
  • There were two different Agüero stations (lines B and D) until the B line changed its station name to Carlos Gardel in the 1980s. The Callao and Pueyrredón names are still shared with the B line.
  • There is a noticeable curvature when approaching Pueyrredón station from the east, as the line transitions from running under Córdoba avenue to running under Santa Fe avenue (and its continuation, Cabildo).
  • Bulnes station has a direct exit to the Alto Palermo shopping mall.
  • Scalabrini Ortiz station honors Raúl Scalabrini Ortiz, a writer and columnist of the early 20th century, and is located on the intersection of the avenue of the same name and Santa Fe. The original name for both the avenue and the station was Canning (honoring George Canning); the name was first changed by the Peronist government in 1973. The change was reverted by the military government in 1976, and reinstated by the democratic government elected in 1983. Line B avoided this see-saw by renaming the corresponding station as Malabia, after an adjacent street.
  • Plaza Italia station is a popular starting point for Sunday trips to the Zoo, the Botanical Garden, the Rural exhibition grounds, and the parks of Palermo.
  • Palermo and Ministro Carranza stations are located beneath suburban train stations, but there are no dedicated passages, and no combination tickets are sold.
  • Palermo station is called Pacífico by many people, as it is located right below Pacífico bridge (named after the company who originally planned to run a track to Chile but in reality the track never left Buenos Aires Province). For those who don't mind a short walk, it provides access to the Argentino de Palermo racetrack and the nearby polo field.
  • The name Ministro Carranza, after a Radical Civic Union politician, is used in lieu of Dorrego to avoid name duplication with the B line. The name is shared with the train station on ground level. The station was given a second name Miguel Abuelo in memory of an argentinian musician.
  • For the same reason, Olleros is used, avoiding duplication with the Federico Lacroze station of line B. It is located some 400 m from a train station, but there is no dedicated passage.
  • José Hernández and Juramento are located on the commercial district of Cabildo avenue, the main street of Belgrano.
  • Congreso de Tucumán was named after the Tucumán Congress sessions in which Argentine independence was declared 9 July 1816. It can be used to visit the Obras Sanitarias stadium or the Monumental (River Plate's field), both located approximately one kilometer to the north.

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