snapshots of mexico, literal and figurative

February 9, 2009, 2:50 pm
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Mexico City coat-of-arms at the Buenavista Train Station

Mexico City coat-of-arms at the Buenavista Train Station

I spent a long time wandering around a part of the city I rarely go to yesterday.  North of the yuppie neighborhoods of Condesa and Roma, west of the Centro Historico, east of upscale Polanco, on what was likely the edge of the city as recently as the 1940s, sits the train station.  The current 1970s building is undergoing a dramatic reconstruction as the terminal for the new suburban train after sitting largely unused for over a decade, when the privatization of Mexico’s railroad left the country with no true passenger train service.  Currently, only one line, designed an operated by a Spanish company, has been put into use.  However, various routes and extensions are planned, reaching areas of the conurbation currently unserved by rail.  Perhaps someday in the future, passenger service will return to other parts of Mexico (besides the Tequila Express…).

Without enough change for a single ride and unwilling to deposit 200 pesos onto a transit card I have no real need for, I decided to save my ride on the tren suburbano for another day.  I hopped on the metro and headed back to the familiar neighborhoods to the south.


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