The time has come: the long-awaited Santa Fe station connecting the H and D lines is finally set to open next week.
The Santa Fe station will be located on the corner of Avenida Santa Fe and Avenida Pueyrredón, in the neighborhood of Recoleta, and will allow H line commuters to change to the D line’s Pueyrredón station, and vice versa.
If you’re wondering what this mythical H line’s all about: it’s the yellow one on the Subte map that currently runs transversely across the E, A and B lines, stretching 7.3 km between the Hospitales and Las Heras stations. The new station is expected to increase the number of H line commuters from 80,000 to 110,000 daily.
The line was closed last week while six brand new trains were set up on the tracks. The 36 snazzy new Alstom cars that have replaced the H line’s 80-year-old Siemens models are equipped with air-conditioning, security cameras and a warning sound upon arrival at its platform. So much technology! Each train cost US $1.8 million each, according to Clarin.
The addition of the new 36 new train cars has reportedly increased the frequency of trains arriving to platforms from 12 to six minutes. Even better: the City Government plans to increase the number of cars to 120 to reduce waiting time from the current six minutes to a mere three.
Sounds perfect, but unfortunately, yesterday’s H line re-opening was not the speedy start passengers had imagined. Enelsubte.com states that passengers reported delays of between 15 and 20 minutes.