January 7, 2010
The Los Dominicos underground metro station first went into service in the vicinity of Chile’s capital city of Santiago. This station is a facility of Line 1 of the rapid transit system known as the Santiago Metro. The Los Dominicos station was built – along with the Escuela Militar, Manquehue, and Hernando de Magallanes stations – as part of a 2.4-mile (3.8-kilometer) extension of Line 1. Michelle Bachelet, who was president of Chile from 2006 to 2010 (and again between 2014 and 2018), officiated at the inaugural ceremonies for this new segment of the Santiago Metro.
The Los Dominicos station, which has a surface area of 58,017 square feet (5,390 square meters), continues to serve as the eastern terminus for Line 1. This station is specifically located beneath Los Dominicos Park at the end of Apoquindo Avenue (Avenida Apoquindo) in the city and commune of Las Condes. The station has become a pivotal public transportation link not only for Las Condes but also the nearby cities/communes of Vitacura, La Reina, and Lo Barnechea. The Los Dominicos station is also an access point for bus services provided by Red Metropolitana de Movilidad (formerly known as Transantiago).
The Santiago Metro began operations in 1975 and it has the distinction of being Chile’s first rapid transit system. This system in its entirety encompasses a total of seven lines and 136 stations.
Photo Credit: Osmar Valdebenito (licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 Generic license at https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/deed.en)
For more information on the Santiago Metro’s Los Dominicos station, please check out https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Los_Dominicos_metro_station
Additional information on Chile’s rail network is available at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Empresa_de_los_Ferrocarriles_del_Estado
Is it accurate that it is the only rapid transit system in Chile? https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Valpara%C3%ADso_Metro
Hi, Michael. Thank you for your message.
I greatly appreciate your bringing the Valparaíso Metro to my attention. While rapid transit services appear to be only part of that system, I plan to revise the blog post concerning the Santiago Metro. The fact that the Valparaíso Metro even has a rapid transit component makes my identification of the Santiago Metro as Chile’s only rapid transit system inaccurate or at least open to question. In my revised version of that post, I will instead emphasize the Santiago Metro’s status as the first rapid transit system in Chile. Again, Michael, I am grateful for your pointing out that mischaracterization.
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