Photo: New Metro trains in Mexico City
The Mexican capital is operating a new 25.1-kilometer (15.5-mile) Metro line that cost nearly $1.7 billion and uses Spanish-made trains.
The line, which was inaugurated on Tuesday, is expected to carry between 400,000 and 500,000 people a day.
Mexico City’s Metro system now covers 226 kilometers (140 miles) with 12 lines and 195 stations, serving about 4.5 million people per day.
The Gold Line was built by Mexico’s ICA and Grupo Carso.
Spain’s Construcciones y Auxiliar de Ferrocarriles, S.A., or CAF, will be responsible for managing the line and overseeing maintenance for the 38 trains plying the route, the longest and first totally automated one on the Mexico City Metro.
The new rail line “competes with the best in the world” and will “revolutionize transportation and mobility” in southern Mexico City, President Felipe Calderon said at the inauguration ceremony.