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‘La Tapatia’ emerges from the darkness

The tunnel boring machine (tuneladora in Spanish) that has been excavating a four-kilometer stretch below Guadalajara’s historic center for almost two years finally finished its labor this week.

The 700-ton machine emerged from the darkness at Plaza de la Bandera, one of five underground stations on the 18-station, 21.5-kilometer route that will run from Zapopan to Tlaquepaque, via the city center.

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Sometimes referred in English to as “the mole,” workers on the city’s third Tren Ligero (subway) line appropriately gave the Spanish-made machine the moniker “La Tapatia.”pg5b

The machine started work on June 6, 2016, and completed its 4,005-meter trajectory in 23 months, 18 days.

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