Metro San Andrés Tomatlán is another of the terrific elevated Metro Line 12 stations opened in 2012. En route to Tláhuac in the City’s southeast, it makes a stop in the very old neighborhood of Pueblo San Andrés Tomatlán. Recognized as one of the 15 Original Settlements of Iztapalapa, it was a neighborhood of old city-state of Culhuacan in the ancient period. Today, it’s just down the street, or one Metro stop away, from the Center of Culhuacan.
The station logo depicts the town church, San Andrés Apóstol. It’s not just close to the Metro station, but probably best viewed from the elevated platform, too. The church, and arguably the town center, is just a few minutes walk from the station exit.
The Metro line cuts right through the middle of the old neighborhood. This makes development along the Avenida Tláhuac (which runs beneath the elevated Metro line) even that much more evident. Even with the elevated train up top, it’s not an unpleasant area.
Metro San Andrés Tomatlán is expected to increase in importance. This includes for international visitors. The rehabilitation of the Canal Nacional will put a giant park along one side, and through the middle of this fascinating ancient neighborhood is already the highly convenient Metro line 12.
It’s a dense, unplanned, historic neighborhood. As conditions improve for residents, they’ll improve for visitors too. Today, the station sees about 12,500 passengers every day. That average number has increased every year since Line 12 began service. It’s expected to continue growing along with the neighborhood.