Medellin metro reopens

Posted on Mar 25 2014 - 5:08pm by Rico
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Medellin announced on Monday afternoon that the city’s mass transit system was running its full course once again, after ten days closure for maintenance.

Medellin transit officials announced that the southern tract of the metro was once again ready to transport travelers from the southern reaches of Medellin, and other nearby municipalities Envigado, Itagui and Sabeneta north towards the rest of the city.

The six southernmost stations of the city were shut down for ten days, after damages incurred by several weeks of heavy rains.

From March 15, until midday Monday, an estimated 100,000 daily metro users from the southernmost six stations were forced to find alternative transportation.

A trip from Envigado to central Medellin increased from 40 minutes by metro, to nearly two hours on a regional bus, over a distance of less than five miles.

The southern metro stations reopened following extensive weight and speed tests.

Metro repairs were expected to take as long as 15 days, but last week’s good weather allowed an expedited return to metro service.


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