A few weeks ago, I visited the new Line 12, La Línea Dorada (the Gold Line), which opened in October 2012. I was accompanied by my fellow admirers of the Mexico City Metro system: Antonio, Alejandro, and Gustavo. We started off at Zapata, went to the end at Mixcoac, and then all the way to the other end of the line, at Tláhuac. It was nice to see the new trains, which are open from one end of the other; the wagons are all interconnected, making it easy go from one wagon to another to find an emptier spot in the train.
The best part of the trip was probably when we got to the second-to-last stop, Tlaltenco. It’s a really odd station, because on one side, there is an open field with a farmers tending their corn and cows! The population density on the other side of the station is also quite low. When we got there, I think only 1 or 2 people got off and on at this station. Maybe the route planners figure that the population will only grow in the future, but at the moment, it’s consistently the station with the least amount of users, as can be seen on the official Metro site. From January to March the daily average was 1,995 users, and from April to June the daily average was 2,302 users. Compare this to the most-used stations, Cuatro Caminos and Indios Verdes, with more than 135,000 users each per day! At least the cows get to enjoy the view of the trains and the beautiful new station at Tlaltenco!
Here are some pictures from my ride of that day. Hope you enjoy them!