CDMX electric transport in abandonment and awaiting investment

Dozens of units of the Metro, Light Rail and Trolleybus stopped circulating in recent years due to lack of budget and willingness to repair them

The abandonment, lack of maintenance and scarce resources have left the electric transport of Mexico City in the terminal stage.
The abandonment, lack of maintenance and scarce resources have left the electric transport of Mexico City in the terminal stage.

The abandonment, lack of maintenance and scarce resources have left the electric transport of Mexico City in the terminal stage.

To this is added the budget and spare parts that caused the departure of several units and that congested what is the backbone of public transport in the capital of the country.

The situation is alarming. In two years stopped the services of 40 trains of the Collective Transport System (STC) Metro, 50 units of Trolleybus and 10 of Light Rail, according to documents obtained by Publimetro via the Transparency Law.

In an interview, Guillermo Calderón, general director of the Electrical Transport Service (STE), said that he found an abandonment in terms of maintenance of the train and the track so that a unit rehabilitation program is already being applied and he is preparing for the purchase of more vehicles.

"Of the 290 trolley buses that represent the system park, only 140 were operating. In 44 days of having started operations, we have incorporated 150 trolleybuses simply by providing maintenance. The intention is to review all, because there are buses that are over 40 years old, so they will be discharged, but those that can be redeemed will be incorporated into service, "said the official.

He revealed that 300 million pesos will be invested to acquire 10 trolleybuses, so in the coming weeks they will issue an international public invitation to make the corresponding contracts, an aspect that, according to Guillermo Calderón, has not been done for 20 years.

The STE, which has a trolleybus and Light Rail service network, will receive a historical budget, since, compared to the previous year, it will receive 600 million pesos more in this new administration.

In addition to the 300 that will be allocated to the Trolleybus, 100 million will be used to rehabilitate Light Rail units and 200 million for the restoration of the road in the Taxqueña-Estadio Azteca section.

From 2014 to 2018 a total of 40 Metro trains stopped providing service and to date, they have not joined the fleet; The main reason, according to the dependence, is the lack of spare parts.

"Normally, what the Metro does is take pieces from the units that are out of circulation and then put them on other trains to repair them. Approximately five or 10 years go by for a Metro convoy to come out completely; This is largely due to the high operation, wear and lack of economic resources, "said the coordinator of Mobility and Climate Change for Consumer Power, Víctor Alvarado.

Even its current owner, Florencia Serranía, indicated that it detected no maintenance in the trains, therefore, they will implement a program to rehabilitate 35 trains this year, of which 20 will be ready in the short term.

"In the last administrations there was no will to move forward the electric transport system, and this is a problem that worsened in the last year in the capital," said Carlos Samayoa, coordinator of Sustainable Mobility in Greenpeace.

He said that one of the big problems was the budget decrease, which caused a constant deterioration.