Today marked the inauguration of the Lisandro de la Torre station of the Mitre railway line, which connects the city neighborhood of Retiro with the municipality of Tigre, in the Buenos Aires province.
And if you happen to be thinking, “I’m not 6, why would I care about trains?” well, this one is sort of a big deal. The platform has been closed for remodeling since September of 2017, but its impressive new digs proved well worth the wait. The new station is made of polished concrete with modern bathrooms and a platform cover for the inevitable bad weather in Argentina. It also has ramps, escalators and elevators, making it 100% accessible for people with reduced mobility.
At an elevation of 10.6 meters, or 35 feet for our metricly-challenged readers, the new station towers over Plaza Bolivia on the corner of Olleros and Avenida del Libertador. Lisandro de la Torre is the newest stop on the Mitre line and sits in between the Belgrano (AKA Barrio Chino or Chinatown) and Retiro stations. Now residents of the Palermo area can skip the long commute to Barrancas every time they need to catch the train and instead jump right on at their very own station. This also means Retiro residents can avoid the pricey Uber every time they’re a craving craft beer or street art.
Viaducto Mitre is the most recent progress in a larger plan to elevate the entire train line. The project is being led by the Buenos Aires City government and National Transportation Ministry in order to improve public transport and quality of life in Buenos Aires. It’s opening has cleared up eight transportation barriers in the area and is expected to majorly decrease traffic. It also increases connectivity between neighborhoods, pedestrian safety and helps reduce auto emissions, making it a benefit to all riders and non-riders alike.
For a better look, check out this video from the Buenos Aires City website: