Grupo Carso Says Repairing Mexico’s Collapsed Metro Could Cost $40 Million

Source: U.S. News & World Report

 Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim’s Grupo Carso said the cost of repairing a collapsed section of a Mexico City metro rail that caused a fatal accident earlier this year could amount to some 800 million pesos ($40 million).

Carso was one of the companies in a consortium that built the metro’s Line 12, and has said it will rebuild an elevated segment of track that collapsed in May, killing 26 people.


Missing bolts contributed to Mexico City metro collapse: Report


Source: Al Jazeera

A deadly Mexico City metro collapse in May was caused in part by missing bolts in the beams of an overpass that already had deficiencies before an important earthquake, an independent auditor’s report released on Tuesday by the city government has found.

The 180-page analysis by Norwegian company DNV was the latest installment of its technical opinion on the May 3 collapse – Mexico’s biggest train accident in years.


8 weeks after Metro tragedy, Mexico City replaces head of transit system


Source: Mexico News Daily

Exactly eight weeks after the Mexico City Metro disaster that claimed the lives of 26 people, the chief of the subway system was replaced on Monday.

Mayor Claudia Sheinbaum announced that Florencia Serranía, who became general director of Metro operator STC in 2018, had been replaced by Guillermo Calderón Aguilera, a veteran transport official.

The announcement came a week after Sheinbaum met with President López Obrador and businessman Carlos Slim to discuss plans to repair Line 12, an elevated section of which collapsed on May 3, causing two train carriages to plunge toward a busy road below. Slim’s company Carso Infrastructure and Construction partially built the line, the newest of the 52-year-old Metro system.


Why the Mexico City Metro Collapsed


Source: The New York Times

On a balmy night in May, Tania Lezama Salgado hopped on the metro with her sister Nancy after spending hours looking for the grandest pink dress and the sparkliest shoes possible for her 15th birthday party.

Tania had grown accustomed to the screeches and shakes of the metro, but as it barreled across an overpass that night — jerking violently, going faster than she had ever remembered — something felt different.


Mexico City: Golden Line Adds Tarnish to Sprawling Subway System

450px-Estación_Mixcoac_Línea_12_Metro_de_la_Ciudad_de_MéxicoNew York Times, 5/22/14

MEXICO CITY — There is music on the trains of Mexico City’s newest subway, the Golden Line, piped in at just the right volume to be pleasantly audible over the rumble. One recent morning, the playlist came to a classic: “Midnight Train to Georgia.”

The team that selects the Metro’s songs might want to scratch that one. This train was not going to another state. It was not going to the terminal, not even halfway.

Eleven of the Golden Line’s 20 stations, along its elevated stretch of track, have been forced to close until further notice.

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In Mexico, blind vendors sell bootleg CDs on subways

Los Angeles Times, 8/19/2012

First there were four of them, lined up against the subway platform wall. Then five, then six, then 11— all of them blind, all with retractable canes, all with bulging backpacks strapped to their torsos.

Socorro Jimenez was among them, waiting her turn. The unwritten rule is one per train. Soon, hers came.

She is a mom, in fact, and a widow, and a pirate — an unrepentant outlaw hawker of unauthorized bargain-basement CDs, one of dozens (or who knows, maybe hundreds?) of CD slingers who ride the rails of the Mexico City Metro system every day, under the subway cops’ radar with their nondescript backpacks.

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