It was nine months of a repair work that was going to last five. But finally, this Thursday at 8, the movement of buses and passengers returned to the Retiro Bus Terminal.
During all this time, all Retiro operations had moved to Dellepiane. For this week, some of the buses will depart from Retiro and will pass through the terminal located in Bajo Flores. Later, in Dellepiane you will be able to operate a 1st of the services, but it all depends on the demand for tickets.
The Retiro terminal, which before the pandemic received half of the long-distance traffic, was very dilapidated. The closure was necessary to renovate it.
The Retiro Bus Terminal reopened renovated. Photo Guillermo Rodríguez Adami
Some improvements That premiered this Thursday are new elevators and escalators, LED lights, about 60 security cameras and another ten of the 360 ° dome type.
The escalators of the Retiro Bus Terminal were renovated. Photo Guillermo Rodríguez Adami
The bathrooms were also renovated, as well as the fire protection system and the emergency lighting system. Y access to the waiting rooms and the uncovered platform was expanded, to improve accessibility.
The repair, painting, cleaning and polishing of floors on platforms and waiting rooms.
The floors of the epsera rooms and platforms of the Retiro Bus Terminal were polished. Photo Guillermo Rodríguez Adami
The official plan was to reopen the terminal on Wednesday afternoon, with the presence of the Minister of Transportation of the Nation Alexis Guerrera. But the act was canceled, amid the controversy that the air traffic restrictions unleashed. Instead, they opted for a reopening without preamble this Thursday at 8.
There was no official act of reopening. Simply, the Retiro terminal began operating at 8. Photo Guillermo Rodríguez Adami
For the pandemic, they only enabled some entries to the terminal: the ramp discovered by Ramos Mejía Street or Bridge 3. There are agents there who measure the temperature of the people who enter, who can only be passengers. Those who do not have tickets cannot enter. This is established by the health protocol, annexed to provision 323/2020 of the National Transport Regulatory Commission (CNRT).
The circulation in hall and platforms is marked by protocol. Photo: Ministry of Transportation of the Nation
Once inside, users meet a central hall with signposted circulation, also by protocol. Those who arrive by buses must access the terminal building through the access to Bridge 4. Once inside, they can exit through the uncovered ramp of Ramos Mejía Street, or go down the escalator from Bridge 3 to the parking lot.
The circulation on the platforms is also protocolized: The buses that depart leave from docks 1 to 36, while those that arrive do so between 39 and 64. This avoids contact between those who are about to start their trip and the newcomers.
Before going to the Retiro Bus Terminal, it is advisable to check which accesses are enabled. Photo Guillermo Rodríguez Adami
A renovation work by a controversial company
The Retiro repair, a terminal that accumulated years of neglect, was in charge of Teba SAIt is the same company linked to Néstor Otero that has had the concession since 1993.
In June 2020, Teba received an extension to continue operating the terminal with a precarious license, until a new tender process was called. The two previous calls, made during the government of Mauricio Macri, came to nothing.
The condition for Teba to be able to temporarily keep the concession was to make the improvements that passengers were able to see this Thursday.
Before the start of the works, in May of last year, the operations had been moved from Retreat to Dellepiane.
For now there is little movement of long-distance buses in the City. There are only about 120 daily services. Photo Guillermo Rodríguez Adami
At that time, the only buses that left were for those who had been stranded in the City. It was considered to reopen Retiro in the summer but, as the work deadlines were not met, the operation continued at the Bajo Flores terminal.
From the sector they had been demanding that the services be operated again from Retiro.
From the passenger transport sector they had been demanding that the Retiro Bus Terminal be re-enabled. Photo Guillermo Rodríguez Adami
“Dellepiane is an area with difficult access and we never agreed with that project, so we are all with the expectation of returning to Retiro”Said Daniel Millaci, president of the Business Chamber of Passenger Transport (CEAP), hours before the reopening of the terminal.
Currently, according to the Buenos Aires Ministry of Transportation and Public Works, there is a movement of about 120 long distance buses per day.