Line D (Buenos Aires Underground)

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Línea D (SBASE).svg
Line D
Callao Station, Line D.jpg
Type Rapid transit
System Buenos Aires Underground
Termini Catedral
Congreso de Tucumán
Stations 16
Daily ridership 440,384 (2009)[1] Increase.svg 6.3%
Opening 1937
Operator(s) Metrovías
Character Underground
Line length 11 km (6.84 mi)
Track gauge 1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in)
Electrification Catenary
Route map
Service tunnel
Catedral Línea A (SBASE) bullet.svg Línea E (SBASE) bullet.svg
Service tunnels
9 de Julio Línea B (SBASE) bullet.svg Línea C (SBASE) bullet.svg Metrobus9dejulio.png
Facultad de Medicina
Pueyrredón (Línea H (SBASE) bullet.svg)
Scalabrini Ortiz
Canning Workshops
Plaza Italia
Palermo Metrobusjuanbjusto.png San Martín Line
Apeadero Carranza
Ministro Carranza Mitre Line
José Hernández
Congreso de Tucumán Metrobuscabildo.png
Manuela Pedraza Garages

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 11 km long and has 16 stations, while running approximately parallel to the city's coastline.


The first part of the line was inaugurated in 1937 and ran 1.7 km from Catedral (still the current terminus) to Tribunales. Three years later, the section which brought the line to Plaza Italia in Palermo was completed, bringing the length of the line to 6.5 km. The line was not properly extended until 1993 when it was extended to Ministro Caranza, a station named after the Radical politician. Further extensions occurred in the 1990s, beginning in 1997 with the aperture of Olleros and José Hernández, then Juramento in 1999, and finally Congreso de Tucumán in 2000, where it currently terminates.[2]

Over the decades it has been discussed numerous times whether to extend the line out to the limits of the city proper. The last of these proposals came forward in 2002 which would have seen an additional two stations added to the line. However, this was later abandoned since the line was already at full capacity after the opening of Congreso de Tucumán station.[3] In June 2015 the Metrobus Cabildo line will open, connecting Line D from its terminus at Congreso de Tucumán to Vicente López in Greater Buenos Aires, just past the city limits, essentially making the extension of Line D redundant.[4] Line D is the only line in the network which will not be extended as part of the recent expansion plan.

Museum Stations[edit]

Olleros station platforms.
Alstom rolling stock.

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”.[5]


  • 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 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).
  • 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 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.
  • Congreso de Tucumán was named after the Tucumán Congress sessions in which Argentine independence was declared 9 July 1816.



  1. ^ Subte récord: ya transporta 1.7 millón de pasajeros por día. Clarín - (Spanish) - Retrieved 2011-01-20
  2. ^ Linea D - Ciudad de Buenos Aires
  3. ^ ¿Por qué la línea D no llega hasta Puente Saavedra? - EnElSubte, 25 June 2013.
  4. ^ Inaugurarían en junio el Metrobús Cabildo - EnElSubte, 6 May 2015.
  5. ^ Quote > Subterráneos de Buenos Aires (English)

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