Metro Chabacano

STC rapid transit
Line 8 platform at Metro Chabacano
Coordinates 19°24′30″N 99°08′09″W / 19.408438°N 99.135754°W / 19.408438; -99.135754Coordinates: 19°24′30″N 99°08′09″W / 19.408438°N 99.135754°W / 19.408438; -99.135754
Platforms 12
Tracks 6
Opened 1 August 1970
Preceding station   Mexico City Metro   Following station
Línea 2
towards Tasqueña
Línea 8
towards Tacubaya
Línea 9
towards Pantitlán

Metro Chabacano is a station on Lines 2, 8 and 9 of the Mexico City Metro system.[1][2][3][4][5] It is located in the Cuauhtémoc borough of Mexico City, south of the city centre, on Calzada de Tlalpan.[1]


Chabacano means apricot in Mexican Spanish.[6][7] When Mexico City was expanding south towards Río de la Piedad (now tubed under the Viaducto Miguel Alemán)[8] city planners decided to name an avenue after the fruit that grew prodigiously next to the shore of the river. The same name was later on applied to the metro station that was built under the bridge made by Chabacano Avenue when it crosses above the Calzada de Tlalpan.[7]

Metro Chabacano was the first station on the Mexico City Metro to make use of a third, central platform for descending while the other two on the sides are used for ascending. This system was first used in the Barcelona Metro and is sometimes called the Spanish solution.

The station has several cultural displays and a small public library. There is a couple of mosaic murals on the side of the station belonging to Line 9.[1]

Scenes for the 1990 motion picture Total Recall were filmed in the corridors of Metro Chabacano; a fake blood spot still remains in a roof.[9]

On 28 December 2010 the station was the scene of a deadly accident when an elderly passenger tried to help two others who had dropped items onto the tracks fell onto the tracks himself and was killed by an approaching train on line 2.[10][11]



  1. ^ a b c "Chabacano" (in Spanish). Archived from the original on 14 June 2011. Retrieved 29 July 2011. 
  2. ^ Archambault, Richard. "Chabacano » Mexico City Metro System". Retrieved 29 July 2011. 
  3. ^ "Red de metro de México D.F." (in Spanish). Metros del Mundo. Retrieved 29 July 2011. 
  4. ^ "SECTURDF - ESTACIÓN CHABACANO". Retrieved 29 July 2011. 
  5. ^ "Estación Chabacano del Metro en la Ciudad de Mexico". Retrieved 29 July 2011. 
  6. ^ The Wiktionary definition of Chabacano
  7. ^ a b Sandoval, Cecilia (1 May 2008). "Myco – Estación Chabacano" (in Spanish). Archived from the original on 28 March 2012. Retrieved 29 July 2011. 
  8. ^ Legorreta, Jorge (16 October 2002). "Viaducto y Periférico, creaciones urbanísticas de Carlos Contreras". La Jornada. Retrieved 29 July 2011. 
  9. ^ "Film locations for Total Recall". Retrieved 17 July 2011. 
  10. ^ "Reanudan servicio en Metro Chabacano". El Universal (in Spanish). 28 December 2010. Retrieved 29 July 2011. 
  11. ^ "HABRÍAN SIDO 2 LOS ARROLLADOS POR EL METRO EN ESTACIÓN CHABACANO" (in Spanish). 28 December 2010. Archived from the original on 24 June 2011. Retrieved 29 July 2011. 

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