Sampa Diary: Blue Line Doesn’t Run on Time

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Outside the trains don’t run on time
He believes it’s not coincidence
–Gang of Four

Linha Azul do Metrô pára após pane em trem na Estação Paraíso: “Blue Line stops running after train [breaks down] in Paraíso station.”

Paraíso and Ana Rosa jointly you Brooklynites can sort of think of as the Atlantic Terminal of São Paulo. It’s a significant secondary transfer point from the north-south corridor to the Green Line east-west corridor, which is what we generally take (we live near the Vila Madalena station).

SÃO PAULO – A Linha 1-Azul do Metrô está praticamente parada desde às 7h25 desta sexta-feira, 18, depois de uma composição quebrar entre as estações Ana Rosa e Paraíso. A linha faz a ligação entre o Jabaquara e o Tucuruvi – entre a zona sul e a zona norte da capital – e não há previsão para o problema ser normalizado, segundo o Metrô. Esta é a quarta vez, nos últimos 13 dias, que um defeito em linha prejudica os passageiros do metrô de São Paulo.

Line 1 (Blue Line) of the São Paulo subway system has been practically at a standstill since 7:25 am after a train broke down between Ana Rosa and Paraíso stations. The line connects Jabaquara and Tucuruvi, in the southern and northern zones, respectively, and there is no estimate on when normal service will be restored, according to the Metrô authority. This is the fourth time in 13 days that a malfunction has inconvenienced subway passengers in the city. 

Na Estação Ana Rosa, os usuários eram avisados de que os trens que iam em direção ao Jabaquara tinham velocidade reduzida, mas alguns ficaram mais de uma hora esperando por um trem. Em direção ao Tucuruvi, os trens passavam com velocidade reduzida. Funcionários do Metrô devolviam bilhetes a passageiros que entravam na estação, mas, com a demora dos trens, resolviam usar outro tipo de transporte.

At Ana Rosa station, riders were advised that Jabaquara-bound trains were running at reduced speed, but some spent more than an hour waiting for a train. On the Tucuruvi-bound side, trains were running less frequently. Metrô employees refunded the fares of passengers who entered the station but, with the delays, decided to use some other form of transportation.

More later.

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