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Argentina: Ridership on Buenos Aires commuter rail network during 2008-18 [free access]

October 1, 2019

The Buenos Aires commuter rail network comprises seven lines that collectively span 951.3 km and cover 272 stations. The total ridership on the network is calculated as the sum of passengers who pay regular fares, passengers who pay discounted fares (disabled, retired, employees, etc.), and passengers who do not purchase tickets (fare evaders).

 

The following table provides line-wise ridership of the passengers who pay regular fares. In 2018, this figure increased by 9.24 per cent from 2017, which was driven by the increase in ridership on the Roca (14 per cent), Sarmiento(41.4 per cent) and Urquiza (28.8 per cent)lines and can be attributed to the deployment of new rolling stock, improvements in station infrastructure and greater evasion control. The sharp decline in the number of passengers who paid regular fares on the San Martín line (almost 40per cent) in 2018 has been attributed to the viaduct works which began at the end of 2017.

 

Table: Line-wise ridership of passengers paying regular fares on the Buenos Aires commuter rail network during 2008-18 (in millions)

Year

Mitre Line

Sarmiento Line

Urquiza Line

Roca Line

 San Martín Line

Belgrano Norte Line

Belgrano Sur Line

Total Ridership

2008

73.21

118.16

24.21

125.72

49.56

45.83

11.34

448.03

2009

64.50

108.23

22.64

131.94

48.18

43.67

11.87

431.03

2010

61.02

99.51

22.50

130.93

49.84

42.67

12.74

419.21

2011

51.43

88.62

18.51

91.53

48.52

32.06

13.34

344.01

2012

35.66

39.12

18.96

97.17

48.92

30.46

12.17

282.46

2013

15.92

11.45

15.42

104.76

44.66

33.43

10.39

236.03

2014

18.33

39.66

12.59

115.03

39.24

29.88

10.97

265.70

2015

41.54

55.19

18.53

128.79

47.15

26.63

11.84

329.67

2016

54.66

57.59

22.44

138.62

51.10

25.63

9.92

359.96

2017

60.81

60.77

22.47

151.49

52.12

26.24

13.48

387.38

2018

63.34

85.95

28.94

172.68

31.11

25.06

16.13

423.21

Source: Annual Statistical Report 2018 - Passenger Rail Network of the Metropolitan Area of ​​Buenos Aires/ Anuario Estadístico de la Ciudad de Buenos Aires 2018