A Brown Line
Across the Heart of Mexico City
Mexico City's Metro Line 9 is the brown line. Twelve stations cut a swath across the city from east to west, and provide much-needed relief for the sometimes crowded Line 1. Both lines start at Pantitlán and reach Tacubaya. Line 1 does it with 19 stops. Line 9 does it in just 12.
It's not entirely a "locals-only" line. For international guests, the stations above, sometimes high above, Ciudad Deportiva can be inspiring. Given seasonal differences, sometimes the views can be even heart-rending.
From Tacubaya to giant, Metro Pantitlán, every trip is a voyage into a past that's never stopped breathing. Tacubaya is an ancient town where springs fed the lake from the west. Pantitlán is where some of that water, forced into a narrower culvert, splashed its way to the giant Lake Texcoco in the east.
It's not a major tourism-route. But for those who get hooked on Mexico City, getting familiar with Metro Line 9 is a big step toward feeling like you've always known this place.
All of the entries below are intended to give you better idea of where you're arriving, why it's called the way it is, and some of the things you can do in the area. It's a lot. And there's plenty of time to learn more about all of it.