Although the Ministry of Works and Services (Sobse) placed metal struts to support the structure of the elevated section of the Metro that runs from Pantitlán to Tacubaya, the leader of the National Union of the Collective Transportation System (STC) Fernando Espinonoted that line 9 “must close immediately.”
Espino Arévalo explained that the elevated section of the Metro, which runs from Pantitlán to Tacubaya, It has a differential settlement of up to 80 centimeters, which greatly affects the deformation of the tracks.
“They (Sobse authorities) explain to us that there is no risk that the structure could collapse. We believe them, they are specialized people; However, the problem we have is line nine, where, at the request of the workers, we even disabled a track device in order to avoid a derailment in the area,” said Arévalo, during an interview with Ciro Gómez Leyva.
The STC leader stressed that Line 9 represents a risk to the security of more than 280 thousand users of the CDMX Metro, so he called to address the problem immediately.
On August 24, the head of the Collective Transportation System, Guillermo Calderón, announced the temporary closure of four stations on the brown line to carry out maintenance and leveling work.
Calderón did not commit to saying how long they will be Pantitlán, Puebla, Ciudad Deportiva and Velodromo stations closed; However, he said that the goal is to keep it as low as possible, since “it is a line with a lot of demand.”
Who is Fernando Espino Arévalo?
Fernando Espino has a degree in Electrical Engineering and has been a leader of the STC union for more than 44 years.
In addition, he was a federal deputy in the LV and LIX Legislature in the Chamber of Deputies and three times local legislator of the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) in the then Legislative Assembly of the Federal District (ALDF).
In August 2010 he was awarded ‘The Golden Microphone’ in recognition of his union and legislative career in favor of the rights of the working class.