December 8, 2013
Mayor wants stop renamed after Pope FrancisSaturday, September 28, 2013
Macri unveils new Line A subway stations
Buenos Aires City Mayor Mauricio Macri wants to rename as “Pope Francis” the new Line A Subte station, now called “San José de Flores.” The mayor announced that he will submit a bill to the City Legislature to rename the station that is located in the neighbourhood where Francis was born. Macri made the announcement during the official opening of the extended Line A route from Flores neighbourhood to Plaza de Mayo.
“This is a long-standing plan by PRO. We really hope you accompany us,” Macri said during the inauguration speech yesterday morning.
The new San José de Flores stop is located under Flores square, in front of the church with the same name, and it is just a few blocks from where Bishop Jorge Bergoglio, now Pope Francis, once lived.
Recently, Macri travelled to Vatican City where he was received in a meeting by Pope Francis. The original idea to rename the station was floated by BA City Legislature Vice-President Christian Ritondo, a PRO official. Macri recalled that Bergoglio used to travel downtown to the Metropolitan Aires Cathedral on the Line A trains.
“We hope that this initiative will move Francis to return to Buenos Aires City to travel once again on the Line A he favoured so much when he lived here,” Macri said.
The second Line A stop that became operational yesterday was San Pedrito, which is the new terminal for trains that travel along Rivadavia avenue.
Keeping to his style of surrounding himself with PRO candidates in public works openings during electoral times, Macri was escorted by deputy Mayor María Eugenia Vidal, but also by PRO candidates to the City Legislature Iván Petrella and Juan Pablo Arenaza.
Banco Ciudad president Federico Sturzenegger, who is also running for the Lower House on the PRO ticket, also took part in the opening along with Tourism and Culture Minister Hernán Lombardi, Urban Development Minister Daniel Chaín and the head of Buenos Aires Subways (SBASE), Juan Pablo Piccardo.
— Herald with DyN