The Subway C line's main station, Retiro, will be closed over January. Photo via TN

Bad news for regular users of the C line on the Subte: the Retiro station will remain closed for almost all of January. The company Buenos Aires Subways (SBASE) has released an official statement to the public saying that maintenance set to improve and restore aspects of the station will begin on January 4th. Services are scheduled to return to normal on January 31st.

For those of you who use the Subway, you don’t need SBASE to tell you that it’s an important station linking the Retiro train station and is basically the main link between the City of Buenos Aires and Zona Norte and Buenos Aires Province. According to SBASE, over 37,000 people use the station every day. So the fact that the service between Constitución and the penultimate station, San Martín, will be limited is no small matter to many people.

The planned improvements include changing the rail apparatus (aparato de vía), the device that allows the trains to change from one rail to the other in order to operate on either platform. According to Metrovías, the change will have a “positive impact on the rail service” by making it more reliable.

However, that does mean that we won’t be able to get to Retiro station for January. This is as good of an excuse as any to go on holidays, guys.

Alternative public transport options close to the Retiro station include the following buses: 9, 10, 17, 45, 59, 70 and 100.