Saturday, March 10, 2012

Guadalajara light rail system

The Guadalajara light rail system (Spanish: El tren ligero de Guadalajara), which is operated by SITEUR (Sistema de Tren Eléctrico Urbano, Spanish for Urban Electrical Train System), is a light rail system serving the municipalities of Guadalajara, Zapopan and Tlaquepaque, in the state of Jalisco, Mexico. It is owned by the state of Jalisco, and operator SITEUR is a state authority. Opened in 1989, the system currently has two lines: line 1, running from north to south, with 19 stations, and line 2, running from downtown to the east, with 10 stations.

A great alternative when bussing from Melaque or Colima to get to downtown Guadalajara is with Primera Plus and their buses that stop at Periferico Sur and the Metro station.

The stop after Periferico is the Metro station (you will see a Burger King on the right). Get off there, take the pedestrian overpass to the other side of the Periferico, board the train and will be in Centro in about 15-20 minutes. Get off at the Juarez stop, change trains and go one stop east to surface at Plaza Universidad at 16 de Septiembre and Juarez, a short walk from several hotels in Centro, such as the San Francisco Plaza, Francis, Regis, etc. A 6 peso ride with no traffic worries and shaves 25 minutes off the bus trip and about another 20 minutes quicker than a cab ride from Tlaquepaque back to Centro. So at least 45 minutes quicker than going to the central camionera and cabbing it back to centro, if that is your destination.

Station Espana


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