May 23, 2013
City gov't confirms subway A line closure from January
Buenos Aires City Mayor Mauricio Macri confirmed earlier reports that the A line subway service is to be closed as of the first fortnight of January for planned re-construction Works, and could be closed for a period of 60 days.
The head of the centre-right PRO party made the statements today after visiting the Green Centre in Núñez, and added that the measure was being carried out in order to “better the quality and security of the service.”
The unprecedented measure has already received harsh criticism by union leaders Roberto Pianelli and Néstor Segovia and former Buenos Aires city mayor Aníbal Ibarra.
Pianelli (secretary general for the subway workers union), said that “cancelling all operations for three months is totally unnecessary and crazy.”
Macri’s administration plans replace more than 95 cars on the service, its first mayor decision since taking control of the service, which before belonged to the national government.
Some unionists argued that the tasks to replace the old wooden carriages could take up to three months.