Santiago Metro Line 4A

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Santiago Metro Line 4A
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Line 4A
Overview
Type Rapid transit
System Santiago Metro, Transantiago
Status Active
Locale Santiago
Termini La Cisterna station
Vicuña Mackenna station
Stations 6
Services 1
Daily ridership 56,400 (2015)
Operation
Opened November 30, 2005
Owner Empresa de Transporte de Pasajeros Metro S.A.
Operator(s) Empresa de Transporte de Pasajeros Metro S.A.
Character Trench-Underground-Viaduct
Rolling stock Alstom NS-74 and NS-93
Technical
Track length 7.7 km (4.8 mi)
Number of tracks 2
Track gauge 1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in) standard gauge
Electrification Third rail
Operating speed 80 km/h (50 mph)
Route map
P L A C E H O L D E R .
Américo Vespucio, train arriving at Vicuña Mackenna station

Santiago Metro Line 4A is one of the five lines that currently make up the Santiago Metro network in Santiago, Chile. It has 6 stations and 7.7 km of track. The line intersects with Line 2 at La Cisterna station, and with Line 4 at Vicuña Mackenna station and acts as a link between these two lines. Its distinctive colour on the network line map is light blue.

In 2015, Line 4A accounted for only 3.1% of all trips made on the metro system with a daily ridership of 56,400; it is the least used line in the system since it does not serve the city centre.

History[edit]

Line 4A was originally conceived as a branch of Line 4, but their tracks are not connected. It was inaugurated by President Michelle Bachelet and opened to the public on August 16, 2006. It runs between La Cisterna station and Vicuña Mackenna station.

On November 29, 2010 Santiago Metro workers struck, halting the service for 17 days.[1] The strike caused major over-crowding on bus services as passengers used them as an alternative to their daily metro rides.

Echeverría: The Ghost Station[edit]

Echeverría station, built but never opened to the public, is located between La Cisterna station and San Ramón station on the junction of Blas Vial street and Maria Vial in the commune of La Cisterna. The station remains partially built, with the platforms and footbridge across the highway already finished.

The station has never been completed due to the low density of residents in this area, although it could be finished and opened to the public if the population density increased.

Extensions[edit]

The line may be extended in the future to Del Sol station to connect with Line 5. The trench where the extension would run has already been built between the two lanes of the Autopista Vespucio Sur highway, ready for the extension to be laid down if the population were to increase in that part of the city. If built, the extension would serve the communes of La Cisterna, Lo Espejo, Cerrillos and Maipú.

Communes served by Line 4[edit]

This line serves the following Santiago communes from south to north:

Stations[edit]

Stations running from east to west
Stations
Vicuña Mackenna Santiago de Chile L4.svg - Autopista Vespucio Sur esq. Julio Vildosola
Santa Julia - Autopista Vespucio Sur/Santa Julia
La Granja - Autopista Vespucio Sur/Coronel
Santa Rosa - Autopista Vespucio Sur/Av. Santa Rosa
San Ramón - Autopista Vespucio Sur/Av. La Bandera
La Cisterna Santiago de Chile L2.svg - Autopista Vespucio Sur/Av. José Miguel Carrera

Line 4A data sheet[edit]

  • Terminal Communes: La CisternaLa Florida
  • Track: Avenida Americo Vespucio Sur, 6 stations
  • Construction Method: Underground
  • Opening Date: August 2006

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Trabajadores del Metro llegan a acuerdo y deponen huelga (in Spanish) www.biobiochile.cl November 16, 2010 Gabriela Ulloa, Constanza Atlagich Retrieved May 2, 2013

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