HEAD of the Buenos Aires city government Jorge Telerman formally opened the first section of metro Line H from Once to Caseros on May 31. With intermediate stations at Venezuela, Humberto I and Inclán, the 3·4 km route cost US$286m to build, which was provided entirely by the city.

With some fit-out work still to be completed, Line H is expected to enter service later this year, once approval has been granted by national transport regulator CNRT. Buenos Aires Public Works Minister Juan Pablo Schiavi said that Metrovías would operate Line H for three years, although the precise status of the new line within the operating concession for the metro network granted by the federal government had yet to be determined.

Pending the procurement of a fleet of 11 five-car trainsets for Line H, which will be 11·9 km long in total, a 3 min service frequency would be provided on the first section using four trainsets from Line C.