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A Mexico City or CDMX Metrobús Surface Transportation Network Double-Decker Bus
A Mexico City or CDMX Metrobús Surface Transportation Network Double-Decker Bus

Up or Under? The Metro vs the Surface Metrobus in Mexico City

Up or Under? The Metro vs the Surface Metrobus in Mexico City

Should you Visit the Former Aztec Capital, this Topic May Surprise You in Mexico City

Mexico City, or friendly known as the CDMX, does offer an extended network of transportation systems that include different ways to move throughout the city’s four cardinal points.

Some travelers are used to taking public transportation. Some others may choose to move by car or private transportation, like those that now offer apps like Uber and others.

In my repeated visits to Mexico City, Magno followers, I’ve asked myself about this matter when I’ve needed to use the collective public transportation modalities.

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I certainly wonder about the advantages and disadvantages, the pros and cons of choosing a collective transportation system over another option.

A View of a Mexico's City Subway Wagon, Mexico
A View of a Mexico’s City Subway Wagon, Mexico

If there’s something that Mexico City prides itself on, it’s about its extensive public transportation systems.

These options definitely create and extensive transportation network, and the passenger has at their disposal several options that may create some confusion.

The main transportation system is the underground and (in some cases) surface stations, the subway, the “Sistema de Transporte Colectivo Metropolitano,” friendly known as the “Metro.”

Mexico City’s subway system has been solving mobility transportation needs in the mega-city for over 50 years.

With its twelve transportation lines, 195 passenger stations, and more than 4 million users daily, the subway raises its hand as an alternative to travel the city’s points of interest.

One of the advantages of this system is its capacity to practically move large numbers of passengers to all the city’s cardinal points. I definitely consider that a clear advantage.

However, one of the alternative aspects of this situation is that as it’s a system that runs mainly underground (except for a few ground stations), some spring and summer days, hot weather can take subway wagons by storm.

This hot sensation can generate uncomfortable moments for those people who are accustomed to more vented, surface transportation options.

I don’t want to forget acknowledging the efforts made by capital’s city authorities to improve the provision of public collective transport services.

Still, these efforts don’t eliminate completely the fact that traveling inside the CDMX metro can be a somewhat climatic experience in the yearly seasons mentioned above, so to speak.

A Mexico City or CDMX Metrobús Surface Transportation Network Double-Decker Bus
A Mexico City or CDMX Metrobús Surface Transportation Network Double-Decker Bus

The capital’s city government has set up some means to dissipate the heat inside the stations.

However, this situation requires more improvement in some stations which run deeper in the ground, like the subway line number seven, identified by the orange color.

This event may represent a disadvantage against the other mobility systems.

On the other side, the collective bus transportation system, commonly known as the “Metrobús,” has complemented the great capital’s mobility systems since 2005.

This ground system has been a great addition to relieving the subway’s passenger burden for the inhabitants of the old “Tenochtitlan” city.

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This Metrobús mobility network isn’t as large as the subway is. However, one of the advantages that I see in this alternative is the fact that it’s a transportation system running on the surface on its whole. Thus, the “trapped” hot weather sensation is reduced significantly.

Another of the alternative aspects to improve that I’ve experienced in my own flesh when traveling inside the “Metro” is the one associated to “WI-FI” coverage signal.

An Aerial View of a Mexico City Line Number 7 Subway Station; Mexico
An Aerial View of a Mexico City Line Number 7 Subway Station; Mexico

Some system lines record better service levels, while others can present some intermittencies while trying to surf on the internet inside the wagons.

This happening is somehow understandable because, to cite an example, the line number seven mentioned above, is until 2020, the line of this underground transportation system that runs deeper in the ground.

This way, the signal from the modules that repeat the signal inside the boarding stations may show a decrease in coverage while the wagons make their way inside the tunnels.

On the other hand, the “Metrobús” doesn’t show this situation, since it offers its service through surface circulation lanes.

Most of the time, the signal to passenger’s cell phones arrives without any significant setback. Hence, the intermittencies could occur depending on the service provider. The brand and the type of smartphone used to connect to the internet can also play their roles.

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Finally, I’ve experienced another phenomenon in the hours of subway passengers’ greater affluence.

Unlike Most of Mexico City Subway Stations, The Metrobús Runs In The Surface, Which May Represent an Advantage For Some Passengers; Mexico
Unlike Most of Mexico City Subway Stations, The Metrobús Runs In The Surface, Which May Represent an Advantage For Some Passengers; Mexico

The authorities in charge of managing this system can even send a train of nine empty wagons to help relieve the passenger excess that accumulates in stations that receive most of the users’ affluence, I mean, the connection lines.

These connection lines are strategic points where two, three, or more lines concur.

This aspect, in itself, is a considerable advantage against the Metrobús.

On the other side of the fence, it’s frequent that its counterpart, the “Metrobús,” gets very crowded during rush hours.

This event translates into the fact that some passengers have to let two, three, or even four buses pass to get finally on board.

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