Line H of the Buenos Aires Subway, the system’s newest line, was inaugurated Oct. 18 of 2007 and extends about 5.5 km with a total of 8 stations between the Corrientes and Hospitales stations. In the coming years the line will be extended to the Retiro train station and will connect with Line D, the busiest line in the system.
Compared to the rest of the Buenos Aires subway lines, Line H is definitely the runt. It’s only been in existence a meager 7 years: compare that to line A, which celebrated over 100 years of service last year. If the history of the Buenos Aires subway system were a 24-hour day, Line H would have been created at about 10:15 pm.
However, despite the short time that it’s been around, Line H has seen a great deal of progress on its expansion. In fact, 3 new stations are scheduled to be opened this year. Two of these, Cordoba and Las Heras stations, will be functional in July, while Santa Fe station, which will connect Line H with Line D at the intersection of Pueyrredón and Santa Fe Avenue, will be ready in September. The rest of the proposed stations will be added in the coming years.
After the new additions this year, Line H will still only have a total of 11 stations. However, what it lacks in size, it makes up in charm. Designed by the Architects Berdichevsky-Cherney, Line H has a very unique personality that stands out from the other Buenos Aires subway lines. Almost every station in Line H has two giant original murals created by local artists at both ends of the platform. Each station displays different themes, which are related to the city’s historical connection with tango, milongas, gauchos, and folklore. Check out the photos below to see some of these interesting murals.
Written by Brian Athey