Fear changes the way people travel in the State of Mexico
For users of public transportation on routes in the northern part of the State of Mexico, traveling becomes a real adventure, of which they do not know if they will arrive safely to their destinations, in the face of the wave of violence and assaults that occur daily on the Mexico-Pachuca highway and in the opposite direction, at any time.
On a Notimex (Mexican news agency) route through Zumpango, Mercado, Base Aérea and Avenida 5 de Mayo, to reach the whereabouts of Indios Verdes in Mexico City, users Guadalupe Corona and Cecilia Villaseñor, originally from that municipality, who waited for the transport, in informal conversation, externally climbed into the transport units with fear and distrust.
"It doesn't matter if you go up to the transport to make short or long trips, delinquency is anywhere in this municipality, and now not only men but even women participate to strip us of the little we have or carry," said Lupita.
She added that today they have decided not to carry large-screen cell phones, so as not to attract attention: "In fact, in the village now the use of telephones is one of the basic, cheap and popular ones that are sold in convenience stores for 300 pesos, devices that only serve to communicate in an emergency and criminals don't want to," she said.
For Mrs. Cecilia, the conditions for traveling by public transportation have changed their daily lives: "Now I have chosen to travel with two grandchildren, if I go far or to Mexico City, especially when I go to buy something in the capital, because I divide the money and hide it in my clothes and theirs, because the kids are not sculpted," she said.
She pointed out that when traveling in the Zumpango area or in a neighboring municipality such as Tecámac or Tizayuca, she only carries her purse with just enough money to go and return: "The errand of the week I have chosen to do it and return by taxi, which although it charges me 50 pesos, it is safer to return home with everything," she said.
Both users indicated that fear not only paralyzes people but also forces them to take precautions, to change routes, to take units from already known operators since the drivers themselves know when their journey is at risk.
"We have even chosen to board large trucks and not vans because more humble people go on the buses," she said.
The housewives mentioned that after the fear of assaults, their insecurity to take a public transport unit is due to the negligence to drive of the operators, who are fighting for the passage at high speeds: "And as soon as we are doing well, the operator will not be talking on the phone or writing on his cell phone."
Another aspect that is perhaps less important for users is the physical appearance of the units, since some lack mechanical maintenance: "some lack bumpers, others have smooth tires and most have some damage to their doors or windows, in addition to being dirty."
Routes of fear
For his part, the checker at the terminal in Zumpango, who preferred to keep his name out of fear, indicated that there are several routes that are known as "Routes of fear", for the number of assaults that occur daily, and are those that cross Zumpango.
Especially the route Zumpango, Mercado, Base Aérea and Avenida 5 de Mayo, the second that has won the qualification of "El Paso de la Muerte" is the one that goes through Via Morelos, Cerro Gordo, and La Costeña, the third equally frightening for users is that of Tonanitla, Nextlalpan, Santa Ana, Ojo de Agua, San Andres.
The fourth in danger for passengers is the one that goes to Ciudad Azteca second section, Jardines, Río de la Luz, and Santa Clara and the fifth with high risks of assault is the one that goes through the Americas, through Simón Bolívar, Primero de Mayo and Puente de Fierro.
The checker explained that the other routes in which assaults are constantly taking place are the one that covers Casas Geo, Ojo de Agua, and Ozumbilla; Tecámac-Tizayuca and the one that covers the area of Atizapán and Tulpetlac.
"It is a big problem that has been going on for several years and it will be difficult to end because there is no operation that covers so much distance."