Metro Balderas

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For the song, see Metro Balderas (song).
STC rapid transit
Metro Balderas 01.jpg
Station statistics
Address Avenida Niños Héroes and Avenida Chapultepec, Doctores.
Coordinates 19°25′39″N 99°08′57″W / 19.42744°N 99.149036°W / 19.42744; -99.149036Coordinates: 19°25′39″N 99°08′57″W / 19.42744°N 99.149036°W / 19.42744; -99.149036
Platforms 4
Tracks 4
Other information
Opened 4 September 1969
Preceding station   Mexico City Metro   Following station
towards Observatorio
Línea 1
towards Pantitlán
towards Indios Verdes
Línea 3
towards Universidad

Metro Balderas is an underground station on the Mexico City Metro.[1][2] It is located in the Cuauhtémoc borough in the center of Mexico City.[1] It is a transfer station along Lines 1 and 3.[1][3] The station logo depicts the colonial-era cannon preserved on the nearby Plaza de La Ciudadela.[1][2]

The canyon is a remembral of the days of the Decena Trágica (Tragical Ten), which was a period a little bit longer than 10 days in which a group rebelled against the government of Francisco I. Madero. This chapter would end when president Madero and vicepresident Pino Suárez are killed, as well as the raise to the presidence of Victoriano Huerta.[1]

Nearby Metro Balderas are some interesting places, like La Ciudadela market, filled with Mexican handicrafts,[4] the José Vasconcelos Central Library of Mexico City,[5] and facilities of broadcaster Televisa. Next to the library lies a tianguis (street market) full of books old and new, comics, collectibles, etc.

This station has an information desk and facilities for the disabled.[1] It also displays a plaque unveiled on 19 September 2004, celebrating Mexican rock musician Rodrigo "Rockdrigo" González, killed exactly 19 years earlier in the 1985 Mexico City earthquake and composer of a song titled "Metro Balderas".

Although this station is totally underground, cellular phone signals (GSM and TDMA for several providers) are able to reach the platform.

2009 shooting[edit]

On Friday, 18 September 2009 a shooting occurred on the platform.[6] A man was painting the walls on the station and was then confronted by an officer.[6] He reacted by taking out a gun and killing him and a construction worker, leaving also five wounded.[6]


  1. ^ a b c d e f "Balderas" (in Spanish). Retrieved 1 July 2012. 
  2. ^ a b Archambault, Richard. "Balderas (Line 1) » Mexico City Metro System". Retrieved 1 July 2012. 
  3. ^ Archambault, Richard. "Balderas (Line 3)» Mexico City Metro System". Retrieved 1 July 2012. 
  4. ^ "Mercado de La Ciudadela". The New York Times. Retrieved 1 July 2012. 
  5. ^ "Biblioteca Vasconcelos" (in Spanish). Retrieved 1 July 2012. 
  6. ^ a b c Avila, Eduardo (20 September 2009). "Mexico: Shooting at Balderas Metro Station". Global Voices Online. 

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