May 18, 2013
Appeal to be filed against Subte Line A ‘repair work’ closure
Victory Front (FpV) Buenos Aires City Deputy María José Lubertino will reportedly file an appeal today against the closure of Line A of the Subte underground train service, on the grounds that such action will cause “grave harm” to passengers.
The Buenos Aires City government had announced the closure of the line, which runs between Plaza de Mayo and Carabobo stations, for two months in order to carry out maintenance works, such as the replacement of hundred-year-old carriages.
A section of the text to be filed today was available online yesterday, in which Lubertino stated that “the closure of Line A for an indefinite period will cause grave harm to the rights of passengers of the Subte, (especially) without even the provision of a supplementary (alternative service) that might allow passengers to travel without a collapse of overland public transport.”
The deputy has reportedly based her argument on the opinions of technical experts, “including Metrovías directors,” who have suggested the replacement of the carriages does not require the closure of the service for almost two months.
Lubertino’s appeal added: “Neither is it urgent to close the line for technical reasons, considering it is the (line) that has had the least registered faults and incidents in its 99 years of service,” and also emphasized the issue of the continuity of employment of shop workers throughout the line’s various stops.
The FpV Buenos Aires City legislature representative also draws attention to what will occur with the removed carriages, calling for a statement for their protection as part of the national heritage.
Herald with DyN, Telam