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The Buenos Aires City government is taking steps to advance studies on the technical and financial feasibility of creating a additional line for the city’s subway system. The proposed line, line F, would be 8.6 kilometers long and connect Constitución with Palermo.

Officials estimate that the project will cost $US 1.05 billion and would transport 500,000 passengers on a daily basis. The city’s decision to take these first steps follows years of delay on the project. In 2001, the legislature agreed that such a line was a priority for the city; law 670 – passed in 2001 and modified in 2008 – approved future designs for lines F, G, and I. La Nación reported that Line F’s construction will likely not begin before 2020.

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That’s how the city’s subway network should look like. It doesn’t look like that.

The line will begin from Constitución and travel under Juan de Garay until that street’s intersection with Solís. There, the line will curve to align itself with Entre Ríos. It will continue going on a straight line down Callao (Entre Ríos changes its name and becomes Callao after crossing Rivadavia) until the avenue’s intersection with Pacheco de Melo. Afterwards, Line F will be aligned with Las Heras and then keep going until Plaza Italia, the projected last stop.

Franco Moccia, the City’s minister of Urban Development and Public Transportation explained the reasons behind the decision to build the line there, and not somewhere else in the City. “Reality and international experience made us realize that new lines should run through dense parts of the city in order to generate a multi-modal link between other transportation systems such as the Metrobus and the Ecobici network,”

“The City is studying the technical feasibility of the construction of the F subway line, which would cost US$ 1.05 billion,” reads the tweet from Juan Pablo Arenaza, a city legislator.

Although the Buenos Aires subway system carries 300 million passengers each year, it is far behind its counterparts worldwide. The city’s 6 lines run a total of 54 kilometers – a kilometer mark that ranks 60th in the world.