Metro Pantitlán

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STC rapid transit
Pantitlan Line 5 platforms.jpg
Line 5, platforms
Location Iztacalco, Mexico City
Coordinates 19°24′55″N 99°04′20″W / 19.415359°N 99.072132°W / 19.415359; -99.072132Coordinates: 19°24′55″N 99°04′20″W / 19.415359°N 99.072132°W / 19.415359; -99.072132
Preceding station   Mexico City Metro   Following station
towards Observatorio
Línea 1 Terminus
towards Politécnico
Línea 5 Terminus
towards Tacubaya
Línea 9 Terminus
Terminus Línea A
towards La Paz

Metro Pantitlán is a station on the Mexico City Metro.[1] It is located in the Iztacalco borough, to the east of downtown Mexico City city centre. The architects were Aurelio Nuño Morales and Isaac Broid.[2]

The station logo is the silhouette of two flags; this is because Pantitlán means "between flags" in the Aztec language Nahuatl.[3]

Pantitlán station is the most important transfer station on the Mexico City Metro. It is the terminal for Lines 1, 5, 9 and A and has the highest user-traffic of the whole metro system. It is also one of the largest stations in the world, connecting four Metro lines, a trolleybus line (STE route Q), and around a hundred bus lines. It is the closest station to Terminal 2 of Mexico City International Airport, which is a 700 m walk away. Because of its large size and improvised design, it is important to follow the signs to the different platforms. The link with Line A allows Mexico State (Estado de México) inhabitants to travel to Mexico City faster and cheaper than by bus or other kinds of transportation. The station was opened for service along Line 5 on 19 December 1981, along Line 1 on 22 August 1984, along Line 9 on 26 August 1987, along Line A on 12 August 1991.[4]

Some curiosities are that all "numbered" Metro lines, and Line B, use pneumatic traction (rubber-tired trains) and gather electricity from a third rail; trains on Line A use traditional rail traction, and gather electricity with a pantograph, from overhead wires. In addition, scenes for the 1990 motion picture Total Recall were filmed in the corridors and platforms of Metro Pantitlán.[citation needed]


  1. ^ Archambault, Richard. "Pantitlán (Line A) » Mexico City Metro System". Retrieved 7 August 2011. 
  2. ^ Pantitlán Mexico Archived September 2, 2009, at the Wayback Machine.
  3. ^ Page on Pantitlán station from official Metro website (in Spanish)
  4. ^ Monroy, Marco. Schwandl, Robert, ed. "Opening Dates for Mexico City's Subway". Retrieved 15 August 2011. 

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