December 18, 2014
CFK presents new Sarmiento train cars
Escorted by Interior and Transport Minister Florencio Randazzo, President Cristina Fernández de Kircher presented today 72 new train cars Argentina purchased from China as part of the government’s plan to renovate and improve the country’s railway system.
Ms Kirchner highlighted the car’s modern features, like air conditioning and a better space for keeping bikes, and also pointed out the renovation plan includes station and rail repairs.
“These trains have to be taken care of. Not every country has this quality equipment, and not every country has a subsidized train ticket for the working class to benefit from”, said the President.
The new cars are expected to become operational within 60 days and will be part of the Sarmiento line service, sadly known for the 2012 Once tragedy.
On February 22 that year, a train collided against another one when entering the Once train station in Buenos Aires City, claiming 51 lives and leaving hundreds of injured.
After the renewal of the Sarmiento train line, the head of state carried a political rally in Don Torcuato, Buenos Aires province, accompanied by Julián Domínguez, president of the Lower House, Industry Minister, Debora Giorgi, Aldo Pignanelli, head of SMATA transport union, and Antonio Caló, UOM metallurgic leader.
“The issue is not about being supporter of this Government or not,” Fernández de Kirchner said, while alluding to those “who never fight against their employers, and “are always angry at the Government.”
“That surprises me, because our administration brought back the barging talks, installed the minimum wage salary, and recovered the public pensions,” she added.
Fernández de Kirchner led also two videoconferences, one with Catamarca province and the second with San Luis, where she remarked the government’s roll encouraging the creation of media continents, through the new Audiovisual media law.