Hate being forced to run out at 10 PM to catch the last train, whether for going home after work or just starting the night? If you answered yes then we’ve got a poll for you.
Buenos Aires is known for its hopping nightlife, yes, but it’s public transport during night hours doesn’t really keep up. The city government has listened to the complaints and is finally doing something about it.
Between May 3rd and May 10th, users can vote through social media to decide whether the subway time schedule is extended or not… by an hour. It’s not much, but it could make a difference to many commuters and night owls. Currently, the subway is open until to 10:30 PM from Monday to Saturday, and 9:30 PM on Sundays and public holidays.
The City governor, Horacio Rodríguez Larreta, is proposing a plan that would see the subway run from 5:30 AM to 11:30 PM from Mondays to Fridays and from 6 AM to midnight on Saturdays. Apparently the timetable would remain the same on Sundays and public holidays.
¿Qué pensás de que el subte en vez de funcionar de 5 de la mañana a 23, lo haga de 5:30 a 23:30 en la semana; y de 6 a 24 horas los sábados?
— Buenos Aires Ciudad (@gcba) May 3, 2017
¿Estás de acuerdo con modificar el horario del Subte para que los días de semana funcione hasta las 23:30 y los sábados hasta las 24 horas?
— H Rodríguez Larreta (@horaciorlarreta) May 3, 2017
So far, over 23,000 people have voted via Twitter, and there are 5 more days to take part.
Why, however, move the opening hour from 5 AM to 5.30 AM? Well, according to the official website, the government found out that very few people — less than 2,200 —travel by subway during the first hour each day, but that the demand increases when the night falls.
The proposed timetable takes into account the maintenance work that takes place between 11 PM and 3 AM.
Given the high approval indicators for the proposal so far, we could expect the new schedules to become a reality sooner rather than later.