Line E (Buenos Aires Underground)

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Línea E (SBASE).svg
Line E
Buenos Aires - Subte - Bolívar.jpg
Bolívar station entrance
Overview
Type Rapid transit
System Buenos Aires Underground
Termini Bolívar
Plaza de los Virreyes
Stations 15
Daily ridership 135,549 (2009)[1] Increase.svg 5.4%
Operation
Opening 1944
Operator(s) Metrovías
Character Underground
Technical
Line length 9.6 km (6.00 mi)
Track gauge 1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in)
Electrification Catenary
Route map
Retiro Línea C (SBASE) bullet.svg Línea H (SBASE) bullet.svg General Bartolomé Mitre Railway
Catalinas
Correo Central Línea B (SBASE) bullet.svg
Bolívar Línea A (SBASE) bullet.svg Línea D (SBASE) bullet.svg
Belgrano
Independencia Línea C (SBASE) bullet.svg Metrobus9dejulio.png
San José
Constitución Línea C (SBASE) bullet.svg
San José vieja
original alignment
Entre Ríos - Rodolfo Walsh
Pichincha
Jujuy Línea H (SBASE) bullet.svg
General Urquiza
Boedo
Avenida La Plata
José María Moreno
Emilio Mitre
Medalla Milagrosa
Varela
Plaza de los Virreyes Línea P (SBASE) bullet.svg

Line E of the Buenos Aires Underground, which runs from Plaza de los Virreyes to Bolivar (with an extension to Retiro under construction), currently extending a total distance of 9.2 km. The line was the last completely new line to be added to the Buenos Aires Underground, until 2007 when Line H was opened.

History[edit]

Line E was opened on 20 June 1944, after construction began in 1938, with an original course that ran from Constitución railway station to General Urquiza. Soon after, it was decided to abandon the terminus at Constitución (which also served as the connection with Line C) and instead reroute the line towards the Plaza de Mayo.

Work began in 1957, and in 1966 the San José, Independencia, Belgrano and Plaza de Mayo (now Bolívar) stations were opened to the public by president Arturo Umberto Illia. For many years, the two stations closed during the re-route remained unused until the mid 1990s when one was converted into a workshop to service the rolling stock of the line.[2]

The line before re-routing (1955)
The line after re-routing (1966)
The line in its present form (2014)

The line was further extended in 1973 to José María Moreno and then again in 1985 to Plaza de los Virreyes.[3] The PreMetro E2 tramway was completed in 1987 and was linked to Line E with the intention of linking a larger PreMetro network to the line which never materialised following privatisation.[4]

More recently, as part of a general effort to extend the Buenos Aires underground, it was decided to extend Line E from Bolívar to Retiro (with Catalinas and Correo Central in between) where it would re-connect with Line C and the Mitre Line, and eventually Line H when its extension is complete. As of 2014, all major structural works have been completed on the three new stations and are only missing their tracks and signalling systems.[5]

Ghost stations[edit]

There are two ghost stations on the line - San José vieja and Constitución. These formed part of the line's original trajectory towards Constitución railway station until the line was re-routed in 1966. Both stations have been used as workshops and storage areas for the line's rolling stock. It has also been evaluated using the two stations and their corresponding tunnels as the southern part of Line F since that line's projected trajectory in that area overlaps the former route Line E took.[6]

San José vieja was used as a set for the 1996 Argentine film Moebius and served as the fictional Dock Sud and Parque stations.[7]

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