Today in Transportation History – March 13, 2000: A New Light Rail Station for Buenos Aires

A new station on the Buenos Aires Premetro light rail line on the outskirts of Argentina’s capital city was opened. Nuestra Señora de Fátima station (popularly known as Fátima station), which is located in the Buenos Aires neighborhood (barrio) of Villa Soklati, was the first Premetro station to be opened after service on the line was officially inaugurated in 1987. Only one other station, Pola in the barrio of Villa Lugano, has been opened in the time since Fátima made its debut.

The 4.6-mile Premetro light rail line has been operated by the privately owned company Metrovías since 1994. The Premetro carries approximately 2,300 passengers on a daily basis and connects with the larger Buenos Aires Underground mass rapid transit train system, which is likewise run by Metrovías. When Buenos Aires Underground began operations in 1913, it was only the 13th subway network in the world and the first to exist both in the Southern Hemisphere and any of the Spanish-speaking countries.

Fátima station recently underwent significant renovations. It is expected that the upgraded station will serve as one of the models for the other Premetro stations when they are likewise refurbished.

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