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View Poll Results: Best subway system in Latin America
Mexico City 6 33.33%
Santiago De Chile 7 38.89%
Buenos Aires 4 22.22%
Sao Paulo 0 0%
Rio De Janeiro 1 5.56%
Voters: 18. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 05-24-2018, 07:48 PM
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Which major city in Latin America has the best subway system (together with light rail system if the city has that as well)?

*Best - meaning most track mileage, most number of stations, and best connectivity throughout the city.
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Old 05-24-2018, 07:54 PM
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I chose Buenos Aires because the city is more dense than the others on this list - I figure that, although it's subway system is not the longest of it's Latin American peers, having a population density of nearly 38,000 people/sqr mile makes it easier for the Subte system to achieve greater connectivity for it's users than...Mexico City, perhaps?

A cousin of mine who grew up in Mexico City told me that, although the city has the largest system in Latin America, the distance between stations is sometimes too far to walk between and the distance between lines is also rather far.

But anywho, what do others think of this?

Has anyone used the public transit system in more than one of these cities to give a more just comparison?
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Old 05-24-2018, 10:53 PM
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As in the other metro thread. Santiago wins this category hands down.
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Old 05-24-2018, 11:16 PM
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I loved BA's a lot. Easy to use, not overcrowded, and they even have wi-fi in the stations
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Old 05-25-2018, 08:51 AM
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Sao Paulo invested a lot in Monorails system if you consider in the same category. This year has been inaugurated 100 km of lines.


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Old 05-26-2018, 07:28 AM
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Caracas Venezuela.
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Old 05-26-2018, 09:57 AM
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Out of those, Santiago.
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Old 06-04-2018, 12:16 AM
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Mexico City's subway is designed to be extremely cheap and move a ton of people, and it does that...but its no attraction to be sure.
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Old 06-28-2018, 10:54 AM
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Panama City has a new subway system that's really nice, the only problem is it's currently very limited in scope with one line. However I think the second line is opening up soon since they had lots of pictures of new stations on the line looking finished, that'll make a big difference. Right now it's still one price for any stop.

The worst thing about Medellin's subway is the ticketing, they lack the automatic machines other systems have so you're lining up at the ticket booth to which can be quite long at peak hours. Aside from that it's solid.

Mexico City is cheap with good coverage but is really crowded and has problems with crime despite a heavy police presence in the stations themselves. People get pick-pocketed all the time, harassment problems to the point where they have cars for women/children only. Given a choice I'll jump on the Rapid Bus system in DF.
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Old 06-28-2018, 08:10 PM
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San Juan, Puerto Rico also has a metro, but its only one line. Unfortunately, the island government doesn't have mass transit as a priority (and that was from way before Hurricane Maria) so it will remain a one-line-show for a long time. This is actually the first metro in the Caribbean and Central America subregion.

The U.S. influence is very evident in San Juan's metro, not only in the design of the stations but also the trains look right out of New York's Subway (but much nicer and cleaner looking). The only thing I don't like about San Juan's metro is the outer design of the trains. I understand they will use them for a long time before replacing them, but hopefully when they do decide to replace them they will pick nicer futuristic looking trains. The inside looks fine, though.

Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic also has a new metro. While its now more extensive than San Juan's (has 2 functioning lines), its still under construction.

The Spanish influence is undeniable in Santo Domingo's metro, mostly because the Dominican government sought a lot of technical support from Spain. The stations are almost identical to the stations in Madrid's metro, but more colorful. The trains are the same exact models that are used in Barcelona's metro.

Once the first line of the Santo Domingo metro was inaugurated, it attracted a lot of attention of leaders and ministers of Public Works from throughout Latin America. Many Latin American governments sent delegations to Santo Domingo to see in person the metro and speak with the builders. The major attraction was the record time in which it was built and the record price tag, which was one of the cheapest metros ever built with high quality products. This created a new boom of metro building in Latin America and inspired from Santo Domingo's metro the plans for the metro in Panama and the continuation of Lima's once abandoned metro project. A new fervor for the always in the planning metro of Bogota arose, but not much has taken place.

Of the new metros created by direct influence from Santo Domingo's metro, the most rapidly being constructed in Panama's. They even adopted many of the construction techniques that were applied in the Santo Domingo metro.

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