Metro Balderas

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STC rapid transit
Metro Balderas 01.jpg
Location 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
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 cannon is a reminder of the days of the Decena Trágica (Tragic 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 Vice-President Pino Suárez are killed, as well as the rise to the presidency 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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