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Argentina's Commuters Suffer Through Tough Train Transit
President Cristina Fernandez has promised improvements by early next year including 1,000 new railroad cars. Some railcars manufactured abroad have been purchased and put into the fleet. Stations have been painted. New electronic screens inform passengers about arrivals and departures. But commuters say that much remains to be done and that riding the trains remains a hassle.
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In this Monday, Dec. 2, 2013 photo, a train reaches the dilapidated Once station in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Users of the seven lines that connect Buenos Aires with neighboring municipalities complain about rundown railcars, careless drivers and a lack of information at stations. The railways, signals and track have had little upgrading since being built early in the 20th century. The linesâ electrical system is more than 80 years old.(AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)

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In this Friday, Dec.6, 2013 photo, people travel on the Sarmiento line train in Buenos Aires, Argentina. After the Sarmiento line passenger train system suffered its third accident in less than two years, Argentina's government decided to take full control on operating and regulating the line, announcing new security measures but commuters say that much remains to be done and that riding the trains remains a hassle. The railways, signals and track have had little upgrading since being built early in the 20th century. The lines electrical system is more than 80 years old. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)

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In this Friday Dec. 6, 2013 photo, people wait for a train at the Liniers station in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Riding the commuter trains around Argentinas capital can make for a dismal, sweaty trip on cars that mostly date back to the mid-1960s. Safety is a going concern among commuters: One train slammed into a downtown station last year, killing 51 people and pushing the government to take over direct operation of the trains from private companies. Then a crash in June killed three people. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)

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In this Friday Dec. 6, 2013 photo, passengers travel on a Sarmiento line train in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Riding the commuter trains around Argentinas capital can make for a dismal, sweaty trip on cars that mostly date back to the mid-1960s. Safety is a going concern among commuters: One train slammed into a downtown station last year, killing 51 people and pushing the government to take over direct operation of the trains from private companies. Then a crash in June killed three people. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)

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In this , Monday, Nov. 11, 2013 photo, a bird stands on a fence near what was left of a train wagon set on fire by angry passengers on 2005 in the suburbs of Buenos Aires, Argentina This incident was one of many when passengers frustration boiled over in reaction to the bad service offered by the line. Argentina's government decided to take full control of operations, after the Sarmiento Line passenger train system suffered its third accident in less than two years, announcing new security measures, such as psychological exams for the train's engineers, lowering speeds when arriving to a station, and the investment in new technology such as new railway carriages.(AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)

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In this Friday, Nov. 15, 2013 photo, a woman closes her eyes while riding a train heading towards the Once station in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Users of the seven lines that connect Buenos Aires with neighboring municipalities complain about rundown railcars, careless drivers and a lack of information at stations. The railways, signals and track have had little upgrading since being built early in the 20th century. The lines electrical system is more than 80 years old.(AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)

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In this Friday Nov. 15, 2013 photo, passengers stand on a crowded train heading to Once station in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Riding the commuter trains around Argentinas capital can make for a dismal, sweaty trip on cars that mostly date back to the mid-1960s. Safety is a going concern among commuters: One train slammed into a downtown station last year, killing 51 people and pushing the government to take over direct operation of the trains from private companies. Then a crash in June killed three people. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)

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In this Monday, Nov. 11, 2013 photo, people stand on a train's door heading to the Once station in the suburbs of Buenos Aires, Argentina. Riding the commuter trains around Argentinas capital can make for a dismal, sweaty trip on cars that mostly date back to the mid-1960s. Safety is a going concern among commuters: One train slammed into a downtown station last year, killing 51 people and pushing the government to take over direct operation of the trains from private companies. Then a crash in June killed three people. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)

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In this Friday, Dec.6, 2013 photo, a train departs the Liniers station in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Riding the commuter trains around Argentinas capital can make for a dismal, sweaty trip on cars that mostly date back to the mid-1960s. Safety is a going concern among commuters: One train slammed into a downtown station last year, killing 51 people and pushing the government to take over direct operation of the trains from private companies. Then a crash in June killed three people. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)

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In this Friday Dec. 6, 2013 photo, people wait for a train at Once station in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Users of the seven lines that connect Buenos Aires with neighboring municipalities complain about rundown railcars, careless drivers and a lack of information at stations. The railways, signals and track have had little upgrading since being built early in the 20th century. The lines electrical system is more than 80 years old.(AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)

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In this Monday, Nov. 11, 2013 photo, people ride the train heading to the Once station in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Riding the commuter trains around Argentinas capital can make for a dismal, sweaty trip on cars that mostly date back to the mid-1960s. Safety is a going concern among commuters: One train slammed into a downtown station last year, killing 51 people and pushing the government to take over direct operation of the trains from private companies. Then a crash in June killed three people. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)

Argentina's Commuters Suffer Through Tough Train Transit

President Cristina Fernandez has promised improvements by early next year including 1,000 new railroad cars. Some railcars manufactured abroad have been purchased and put into the fleet. Stations have been painted. New electronic screens inform passengers about arrivals and departures. But commuters say that much remains to be done and that riding the trains remains a hassle.

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