Barrancas metro station

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Barrancas
Santiago Metro logo.svg
Santiago Metro station
Estación Barrancas.jpg
Platform, Barrancas metro station
LocationTeniente Cruz Avenue / General Bonilla Avenue
Coordinates33°27′10.48″S 70°44′21.88″W / 33.4529111°S 70.7394111°W / -33.4529111; -70.7394111Coordinates: 33°27′10.48″S 70°44′21.88″W / 33.4529111°S 70.7394111°W / -33.4529111; -70.7394111
Line(s)Santiago de Chile L5.svg Line 5
Platforms2 side platforms
Tracks2
ConnectionsTransantiago buses
Construction
Disabled accessYes
History
OpenedFebruary 3, 2011[1]
Services
Preceding station   Santiago Metro   Following station
Line 5

Barrancas is an underground metro station on Line 5 of the Santiago Metro network in Santiago, Chile. It is located underneath the junction of Teniente Cruz Avenue and General Bonilla Avenue on the border of the communes of Pudahuel and Lo Prado, between Laguna Sur station (1140 meters away) and Pudahuel station (990 meters away). It also lies parallel to the Route 68 highway which connects Santiago with Valparaíso and Viña del Mar, and the highway crosses over the underground metro line.[2] The station has disabled access.[3]

Barrancas station and the line extension it forms part of was inaugurated on February 3, 2011.[4]

View from the platform

Etymology[edit]

The station was named after the old name of this part of the city, Barrancas, which covered the nowadays communes of Pudahuel, Lo Prado, Cerro Navia and Quinta Normal during the 1960s. While the Line 5 extension was being built, Barrancas was known as “General Bonilla” station due to its location on General Bonilla Avenue, itself named after Chilean general Óscar Bonilla.

History[edit]

In 2005, the Chilean president Ricardo Lagos announced the extension of Metro Line 5 as far as Maipú. After years of cancelled plans to extend the Metro network to Maipú, the use of Line 5 was unexpected because the Line 1 Metro stations Pajaritos station or Las Rejas station had historically received the bulk of commuters travelling up from Maipú.

Work on the project began in 2006, with the structural work completed in 2010. On October 5, 2010, the first train passed along the tracks of Barrancas station. The station was finally inaugurated on February 3, 2011, along with the other stations between Barrancas and Plaza de Maipú station.

References[edit]

  1. ^ History (in Spanish). Santiago metro. Retrieved 6 May 2013.
  2. ^ memories 2009 www.metrosantiago.cl 2010, Retrieved 16 May 2013
  3. ^ Pudahuel station. Metrosantiago.cl. Retrieved 16 May 2013
  4. ^ Metro inaugura Línea 5 a Maipú (in Spanish) http://megagalerias.terra.cl Archived 2013-05-07 at the Wayback Machine February 3, 2011, Retrieved 16 May 2013

External links[edit]

Media related to Barrancas station at Wikimedia Commons