Mexico City Metro Line 4

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Line 4 / Línea 4
MetroDF Línea 4.svg
PlatformFrayServandoDF.JPG
Overview
TypeRapid Transit
SystemMexico City Metro
LocaleMexico City
TerminiMetro Martín Carrera
Metro Santa Anita
Stations10
Operation
Opened29 August, 1981
Operator(s)Sistema de Transporte Colectivo(STC)
Rolling stock- Trains NM-73AR Cabin Classic made in Mexico by Concarril and Alstom between 1973 and 1978 refurbished by STC workers between 2003 and 2009
- Trains NM-73AR Cabin CAF made in Mexico by Concarril, Alstom and CAF between 1973 and 1978 refurbished by CAF between 2003 and 2009
Technical
Line length9.363 km (6 mi)
Track length10.747 km (7 mi)
Number of tracks2
Track gauge1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in) standard gauge
ElectrificationThird rail
Route map

Martín Carrera
Mexico City Metro.svg Mexico City Metro Line 6
Talismán
Bondojito
Consulado
Mexico City Metro.svg Mexico City Metro Line 5
Canal del Norte
Morelos
Mexico City Metro.svg Mexico City Metro Line B
Candelaria
Mexico City Metro.svg Mexico City Metro Line 1
Fray Servando
Jamaica
Mexico City Metro.svg Mexico City Metro Line 9
Santa Anita
Mexico City Metro.svg Mexico City Metro Line 8

Mexico City Metro Line 4 is the fourth line of Mexico City Metro.[1][2] The line color is aqua blue and it runs from north to south of the city crossing the city center by its easternmost area.

General information[edit]

It was built above the former Inguarán Avenue (now Congreso de la Unión) in viaduct solution, this makes it the only line without underground section. With only 10 stations, its short length is countervailed with its high connectivity, having transfer with other metro lines in 6 stations: Line 6 at Martín Carrera, Line 5 at Consulado, Line B at Morelos, Line 1 at Candelaria, Line 9 at Jamaica and Line 8 at Santa Anita . However, it is also the line with the least passengers in the entire system, having only 30,516,924 passengers throughout 2016.[3] .

The line is also characterized by its above-ground architecture, having all of its station facilities elevated or in massive buildings present in both sides of the street. A side effect of this is having long passageways with connecting lines, generally unused or empty sections in stations, closed passageways and other features, all due to its low ridership. Also, trains in Line 4 have been shortened from its original configuration of nine cars to only six.[4].

History[edit]

The first stretch of Line 4 was inaugurated on August 29, 1981, from Martín Carrera station to Candelaria station.[5] Line 4 was the first line to feature an elevated section, built over Avenida H. Congreso de la Unión. Lines 9, B and 12 would later also have elevated sections.

The second stage of the line was opened for service on May 26, 1982, with four new stations, going from Candelaria to Santa Anita.

Upon completion of the line, it had only two transfer stations: Candelaria with Line 1 and Consulado with Line 5. Transfer to Line 6 at Martín Carrera would open in 1986, to Line 9 at Jamaica in 1987, to Line 8 at Santa Anita in 1995 and to Line B at Morelos in 1999.

There were plans to extend the line north towards Ecatepec de Morelos, but, as of 2018, no extension has been built nor any plans have been confirmed.

Chronology[edit]

Rolling stock[edit]

Line 4 has had different types of rolling stock throughout the years.

Currently, out of the 390 trains in the Mexico City Metro network, 12 are in service in Line 4, this is the least number of trains per line in the entire system.[7]

Station list[edit]

No. Station Date opened Level Distance (km) Transfers Location
Between
stations
Total
01 Martín Carrera August 29, 1981 Ground-level,
underground access.
- 0.0
  • Mexico City Metro.svg Mexico City Metro Line 6
  • Metrobus Mexico.svg Metrobús de la Ciudad de México Ruta 6.svg Metrobús Line 6
  • STE logo.jpg TrolleDF.png Trolleybus Line LL
  • CETRAM (Bus platforms) for Santa Clara and Ecatepec
  • Gustavo A. Madero
    02 Talismán August 29, 1981 Elevated 1.3 1.3  
    03 Bondojito August 29, 1981 Elevated 1.1 2.4
  • STE logo.jpg TrolleDF.png Trolleybus Line G
  • 04 Consulado August 29, 1981 Elevated 0.8 3.2
  • Mexico City Metro.svg Mexico City Metro Line 5
  • 05 Canal del Norte August 29, 1981 Elevated 1.0 4.2   Venustiano Carranza
    06 Morelos August 29, 1981 Elevated 1.1 5.3
  • Mexico City Metro.svg Mexico City Metro Line B
  • 07 Candelaria
    Palacio Legislativo
    August 29, 1981 Ground-level,
    underground access.
    1.2 6.4
  • Mexico City Metro.svg Mexico City Metro Line 1
  • 08 Fray Servando May 26, 1982 Elevated 0.8 7.3  
    09 Jamaica May 26, 1982 Elevated 1.2 8.4
  • Mexico City Metro.svg Mexico City Metro Line 9
  • STE logo.jpg TrolleDF.png Cero Emissions Corridor Line S
  • 10 Santa Anita May 26, 1982 Elevated,
    underground access.
    0.9 9.3
  • Mexico City Metro.svg Mexico City Metro Line 8
  • CETRAM (Bus platforms) (closed)
  • Iztacalco

    References[edit]

    1. ^ "Linea 3: Indios Verdes – Universidad" (in Spanish). Archived from the original on 8 August 2011. Retrieved 14 August 2011.
    2. ^ Archambault, Richard. "Metro Line 3 » Mexico City Metro System". Retrieved 14 August 2011.
    3. ^ "Afluencia de estación por línea 2016". Retrieved December 16, 2017.
    4. ^ "Conformación de un tren". Retrieved December 16, 2017.
    5. ^ Línea 4 (Line 4)
    6. ^ a b Monroy, Marco. Schwandl, Robert (ed.). "Opening Dates for Mexico City's Subway". Retrieved 5 August 2011.
    7. ^ http://www.metro.cdmx.gob.mx/operacion/parque-vehicular Parque vehicular (Rolling stock)