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RUTA-VC is a shorthand way of referring to all the components of public transportation in metropolitan region that includes the Ardisphere's capital, Villa Constitución, DF, and its surroundings, out to about 100 km. RUTA is the federal agency that coordinates public transportation nationwide, and the metropolis is by far its largest regional-district. Although technically RUTA-VC includes buses, taxis and even ferries, for the purposes of this article the popular tendency to use the term RUTA-VC only for rail transport is followed.
From a user standpoint, since the RUTA implementation of electronic pass cards and a unified fare system, transfer between modes is seamless. Many users perceive the legacy commuter lines, for example, as just oddly-numbered metro lines, and the frequency and efficiency of these lines mean they are perceptually the same, even, in many cases, using the same operating equipment and standards (train length and rolling stock).
There are legacy commuter rail lines, an extensive metro network, and almost 30 separate tram lines.
- See also, an experimental "slippy" map of the entire system, which cannot be embedded here due to transclusion size limitation. Below is a screenshot.
Commuter Lines are the oldest compenent of the VC transport system, many dating from the 19th century. Currently there are three main networks, each profitably operated by a different operating company.
Ferrocarriles Bahía Negra (RUTA code FFBN) operate the Black Lines (numbered by RUTA 30-39), which include the south and the Bahía Negra littoral, and the Au River valley. Destinations include southeast suburbs like Ciudad Independencia and Palmeras Grises, and continue on beyond the metropolitan region boundaries to Yacimientos Petroleros, Bahía Negra and Princesa (with well-timed frequent ferry connections to El Cabo). These are based out of the Pittsbourg de Caracol station (in downtown Caracol, not in VC), with a trunk extension connecting to both Calle 29 and Central de VC.
Ferrocarriles Federales (RUTA code FFFF, which also operates most of the national-level trunk passenger routes and the national freight network) controls the White Lines (numbered by RUTA 40-49) which mostly go to northern suburbs and exurbs, deep into the Dragones delta plain as far as Peligro-Volquete, Yucas, Fuerte Cuadrado and Ocho Fuegos (at Macondo on the Albañiles), almost 100 km distant. These are based out of the Central de VC station.
Ferrocarriles Orientales (RUTA code FFOO) operate the Blue Lines (numbered by RUTA 20-29), and mostly serves eastern suburbs (e.g. Colofón, Lowe and Fernando de Puy, Fin Ghiuletti) and a few go to the north or south (Palo Rojo via Nueva Tolusa, Onírica via Realidad). Several commuter lines (ie 22, 24) extend as far as the eastern border of the Ardisphere, at Quiroga, Verde y Blanco, Nuevo Lidgate and Quentín di Battista, thus stretching over 125 km from downtown. The Ferrocarriles Orientales are based at the Calle 29 station, departing from there both northbound-then-eastbound (via Parque Quichago) and southbound-then-eastbound (via Caracol on the FFBN trunk).
The VC Metro is called "MetroVC", and includes service to many surrounding suburbs. It dates from 1914, but was stagnant at 6 lines for many decades. A recent boom, however, has led to many more lines being added.
In fact, there are two networks under the MetroVC operating umbrella. Furthermore, different individual lines are built and operated by different contractors. The two networks are the Líneas Subterráneas (underground lines or subte, with "S" prefix, RUTA code SSVC) and the Líneas Elevadas (elevated lines or elevadas, with "E" prefix, RUTA code EEVC). These old names are misnomers, however, because both "S" and "E" lines have underground and elevated sections - many lines will be part underground and part elevated, and there also grade-level sections (e.g. Line 11 at Barrio Usinas in Caracol). The RUTA numbering scheme numbers individual MetroVC lines 1-19, with either an S or E prefix.
There are two main operating companies in VC, and various independent companies in several suburbs, whose lines often connect to these VC lines as well.
Tranvías Metropolitanas (TTMM) operates two mostly disconnected networks that cross each other at many points, but use different equipment. These were once separate companies. The Gold Lines (Líneas Doradas, RUTA code TTMD, RUTA numbers 50-59 and 70-79) have two bases, one downtown around the Plaza Manzano, and one at the appropriately named Plaza Línea Dorada, along Calle 160 on the borough boundary between Delegaciones X and XIV. These are connected via the trunk line 70 (mostly along Avenida 26). There is also a Gold line 50 (La Costera) that serves Faro, Gran Playa and terminates at Plaza Italia in Caracol. The Silver Lines (Líneas Plateadas, RUTA code TTMP, RUTA numbers 80-89) have their base at the Plaza Setenta-y-Nueve, with a branch incorporating the old Avenida 13 line connecting to the north end of downtown at the Taller de Tranvías.
Compañía Capitalina de Tranvías (RUTA code CCTT) is a completely separate network, operating mostly north-south lines that branch off of an east-west trunk (mostly along Avenida 3, near the southern boundary of the city) that connects the downtown waterfront (at Puerto Nuevo) with the Plaza de Armas (the "new" city government area, built in the 1920s, midway between downtown and the Congreso). Their RUTA numbers are 90-99. This company operates the downtown circuit line 99, which covers the downtown area in both VC and Faro, and includes some very long extensions to the suburbs, such as the line 91 northwestward to Presidente Errázuriz, crossing the river at Puente Avenida 119 in the north of Siete Colinas.
The suburban tram networks with branches into VC include Tranvías de Caracol (RUTA code TTDC, prefix "C"), which cross the boundary to terminate at metro stations at several points, and the Tranvías Urbanas (RUTA code TTUU, prefix "U", based in Siete Colinas) which connect into parts of the northern and western Annexes in VC (i.e. Delegaciones XI, XII and XV). Most suburban trams are numbered by RUTA 60-69, with one, the legacy line between Siete Colinas and the Cincuenta-por-Cientosetenta station and connecting southward to Plaza Línea Dorada, bearing the aberrant number U57.
Lines number 1 to 99 are reserved for passenger rail transport in the capital metropolitan region. The RUTA numbering scheme has developed some inconsistencies over the years, but broadly-speaking it is very systematic. Here is a table showing the currently active rail route numbers as currently assigned.
This is an experimental wikitable of OGF data, in the early phase of development. Do not update this table - it is based on data extracted from the OGF map database using a semi-automated script. To change a value in this table, edit the OSM tags associated with the data below (nodes, ways and relations). Note, however, that updates will only show up after Luciano downloads a backup file, runs the script, and pastes the output - it is not an automated connection.
- ref : route code
- operator : operator
- ruta:colour_name : route color
- ruta:description : description
- MAP : link to the map with member route relation
|≈ 99(B) ≈||CCTT Compañía Capitalina de Tranvías||BRONZE||VC Tram / Downtown Loop (VC - Faro)||map link|
|≈ 01(S) ≈||SSVC MetroVC - Líneas Subterráneas||GREEN||Subway / Puerto Viejo to Imperial||map link|
|≈ 98(B) ≈||CCTT Compañía Capitalina de Tranvías||BRONZE||VC Tram / Puerto Nuevo to Plaza de Armas (via Jardín Botánico)||map link|
|≈ 02(S) ≈||SSVC MetroVC - Líneas Subterráneas||RED||Subway / Puerto Viejo to Aéropuerto||map link|
|≈ 19(T) ≈||CLTP Compañía del Tren Ligero de Piedemonte||BURGUNDY||Light Rail / Piedemonte Route||map link|
|≈ 04(E) ≈||EEVC MetroVC - Líneas Elevadas||BROWN||Elevated / Isla Tesoro to Agricultura||map link|
|≈ 07(S) ≈||SSVC MetroVC - Líneas Subterráneas||DARK GREEN||Subway / Desolado to Nicolás Jameson||map link|
|≈ 11(E) ≈||EEVC MetroVC - Líneas Elevadas||OLIVE||Elevated / Plaza Darcodia to Worthington||map link|
|≈ 31(N) ≈||FFBN Ferrocarriles de Bahía Negra||BLACK||Commuter Rail / Central de VC to La Ciénega||map link|
|≈ 21(O) ≈||FFOO Ferrocarriles Orientales||BLUE||Commuter Rail / Calle 29 to Colofón||map link|
|≈ 03(S) ≈||SSVC MetroVC - Líneas Subterráneas||YELLOW||Subway / Lluvia to Aéropuerto||map link|
|≈ 40(F) ≈||FFFF Ferrocarriles Federales||WHITE||Commuter Rail / Central de VC to Ocho Fuegos (Macondo)||map link|
|≈ 09(S) ≈||SSVC MetroVC - Líneas Subterráneas||AQUA||Subway / Gran Playa to Anexo Setentriontal||map link|
|≈ 05(E) ≈||EEVC MetroVC - Líneas Elevadas||ORANGE||Elevated / Lluvia to Mesopotamia||map link|
|≈ 06(S) ≈||SSVC MetroVC - Líneas Subterráneas||PURPLE||Subway / Double Circle Line||map link|
|≈ 70(D) ≈||TTMM Tranvías Metropolitanas||GOLD||VC Tram / Taller de Tranvías to Plaza Línea Dorada (via Exposición)||map link|
|≈ 08(E) ≈||EEVC MetroVC - Líneas Elevadas||TAN||Elevated / Puerto de la Ría to Cabo||map link|
|≈ 80(A) ≈||TTMM Tranvías Metropolitanas||SILVER||VC Tram / Taller de Tranvías to Plaza Setenta-y-Nueve (via Plaza de Armas)||map link|
|≈ 10(S) ≈||SSVC MetroVC - Líneas Subterráneas||PINK||Subway / Arkham to Viñas Bettencourt||map link|
|≈ 12(S) ≈||SSVC MetroVC - Líneas Subterráneas||PALE ORANGE||Subway / Oriental to Quebecos||map link|
|≈ 26(O) ≈||FFOO Ferrocarriles Orientales||BLUE||Commuter Rail / Calle 29 to Fernando de Puy||map link|
|≈ 24(O) ≈||FFOO Ferrocarriles Orientales||BLUE||Commuter Rail / Calle 29 to Quentín di Battista (Frontera)||map link|
|≈ 44(F) ≈||FFFF Ferrocarriles Federales||WHITE||Commuter Rail / Central de VC to Yucas||map link|
|≈ 22(O) ≈||FFOO Ferrocarriles Orientales||BLUE||Commuter Rail / Calle 29 to Verde y Blanco||map link|
|≈ 27(O) ≈||FFOO Ferrocarriles Orientales||BLUE||Commuter Rail / Calle 29 to Onírica||map link|
|≈ 75(D) ≈||TTMM Tranvías Metropolitanas||GOLD||VC Tram / Taller de Tranvías to Presidio||map link|
|≈ 23(O) ≈||FFOO Ferrocarriles Orientales||BLUE||Commuter Rail / Calle 29 to Fin Ghiuletti||map link|
|≈ 29(O) ≈||FFOO Ferrocarriles Orientales||BLUE||Commuter Rail / Calle 29 to Ciudad Bárbara||map link|
|≈ 54(D) ≈||TTMM Tranvías Metropolitanas||GOLD||VC Tram / Plaza Línea Dorada to Peñafiel||map link|
|≈ 35(N) ≈||FFBN Ferrocarriles de Bahía Negra||BLACK||Commuter Rail / Central de VC to Noche del Zombi||map link|
|≈ 34(N) ≈||FFBN Ferrocarriles de Bahía Negra||BLACK||Commuter Rail / Central de VC to Palo Rojo||map link|
|≈ 87(A) ≈||TTMM Tranvías Metropolitanas||SILVER||VC Tram / Plaza Setenta-y-Nueve to Dorotea||map link|
|≈ 68(P) ≈||CTPG Compañía de Tranvías de Palmeras Grises||GRAY||PG Tram / Realidad to Estrecho Corales||map link|
|≈ 32(N) ≈||FFBN Ferrocarriles de Bahía Negra||BLACK||Commuter Rail / Central de VC to Palmeras Grises (Est. Vieja)||map link|
|≈ 33(N) ≈||FFBN Ferrocarriles de Bahía Negra||BLACK||Commuter Rail / Central de VC to Frontera||map link|
|≈ 67(P) ≈||CTPG Compañía de Tranvías de Palmeras Grises||GRAY||PG Tram / Plaza Fuentes to Raimundo Kershaw||map link|
|≈ 56(D) ≈||TTMM Tranvías Metropolitanas||GOLD||VC Tram / Taller de Tranvías to Plaza Línea Dorada (via Congreso)||map link|
|≈ 42(F) ≈||FFFF Ferrocarriles Federales||WHITE||Commuter Rail / Central de VC to Campo de Elefante||map link|
|≈ 46(F) ≈||FFFF Ferrocarriles Federales||WHITE||Commuter Rail / Central de VC to Iscábibel||map link|
|≈ 47(F) ≈||FFFF Ferrocarriles Federales||WHITE||Commuter Rail / Central de VC to Fuerte Cuadrado||map link|
|≈ 41(F) ≈||FFFF Ferrocarriles Federales||WHITE||Commuter Rail / Central de VC to San Cosme||map link|
|≈ 90(B) ≈||CCTT Compañía Capitalina de Tranvías||BRONZE||VC Tram / Puerto Nuevo to Plaza de Armas (via Universidad Nacional)||map link|
Below is a summary of depot locations, organized by operating company and network.